Winter Inspiration: Haw berries, berried ivy and the last of the hydrangea


It’s been a while since I’ve blogged my inspirations. And whilst I’m much more inspired by Autumn and Spring than I am Summer, the fact is that I just didn’t get round to photographing as much as I would have liked over the last few months. I suspect that my lack of time to photograph still lifes has much more to do with the fact that my life has been turned upside down and inside out with our house renovation than anything else. And whilst the house certainly isn’t finished, I was so inspired by just how beautiful it’s all looking with the light flooding in under the veranda and through our bifold doors that I just had to snip the last of the colour from the garden and put together a hasty still life.

The colours of this late Autumn arrangement look decidedly festive don’t they? So much so that I can’t decide whether it’s late Autumn or early Winter – I’m thinking that with this seasonal palette they can only be Winter.

I never cease to be inspired by what’s going on in the garden. I love flowers and almost always have a bunch or two plonked in vases around the house. There’s something reassuring about their fragile beauty. When the builders cleared their stuff out of the new dining room one of the first things I did was grab a few stems and pop them in a pint glass. Elegant, no, cheering – absolutely. There was something just beautiful about seeing a small spot of beauty in amongst the chaos.

Aren’t these colours just divine? Late Autumn colour verging, very much, on Winter colours. The colours are getting deeper and only the strongest plants will survive the frosts and snow to come.

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