Autumn, my 'favourite' season.

As a florist, I often get asked asked what my favourite season is, along with my favourite flower, both are equally tricky to answer for lots of reasons.

Firstly, the seasons. This has been the source of many a joke between my husband and I for several years now. As a nature lover and keen walker, we’ve walked many miles together through some beautiful countryside and stunning scenery and I always comment on the changing season, with ‘I love Autumn, it’s my favourite season’, ‘I love Winter, it’s my favourite season’…………you know where I’m going with this right?! So much so, now we just laugh, or give a knowing smile to one another as he knows what’s coming.

 Fern, skimmia and crab apples.

Fern, skimmia and crab apples.

 Crocosmia, birch twigs and wheat

Crocosmia, birch twigs and wheat

 

My point being, I love them all for different reasons, and each change brings an invigoration to the spirit for the few weeks ahead. I am pretty sure that the seasons are why I love this country so much, I’d get very bored living within a constant.

However, we are now in Autumn and I’m embracing all that it has to offer. As a florist it brings a beautiful warmth to the design palette, a diversity of textures and material form and a sumptuous variety of flowers, fruits and foliage to play with. The countryside provides such inspiration for designs and is a constant influence to me.

 Hawthorn berries.

Hawthorn berries.

 Crocosmia, snowberries, birch and poppy seed heads.

Crocosmia, snowberries, birch and poppy seed heads.

I love going out into the local countryside with Bronte the dog on a beautiful Autumnal day to see the beauty that is displayed all around me. The hedgerows that are packed full of blackberries, crab apples, rose hips, elder berries and hawthorn. The deep and rich colour palette never ceases to stop me in my tracks. The beautiful changing light provides the perfect spotlight to showcase the wonderful colours all around me, I just love it. On many a walk I arrive back home with twigs, berries, apples, conkers and foliages. Each time they surprise me and prove irresistible with their beauty. Sometimes I just have a play with them within designs, or simply take photographs for inspiration. It’s a love that is shared and enjoyed by all in my household and I often pick the children up from school and empty their pockets which are packed full of acorns, conkers, sticks and leaves!

 

Get out in the fresh air, take a walk in the countryside and admire all that Autumn has to offer. Aside from the excitement of Halloween and the terrific fireworks displays on Bonfire night, every day the Autumn countryside has plenty of fire crackers to see and appreciate, we just need to open our eyes.

Blustery days, changing colours, first frosts, fruits, berries, conkers, acorns, twigs and the birds stocking up on all that is on offer, I love Autumn, it’s such an inspiration, my ‘favourite’ season!