You know, of late there's been an awful lot of bandying about of the "A" word. Well I'm sorry, but I'm not ready to say goodbye to my favourite season just yet. An hour or so ago, the sunshine peeped out from behind the clouds and I finally felt inspired to grab my camera and open the French windows for the first time in a few weeks and head outdoors.
I was rewarded to find that one of my dahlia plants had finally sprouted a flower. This year, I planted up about ten dahlia tubers and I am so glad I did. I plant them in large pots of compost first, to bring them on, I find the soil just doesn't warm up quickly enough otherwise, then I transplant them into the borders once they have a healthy amount of leaves. This year they managed to out grow the bugs and have provided me with dozens of beautiful flowers at a time when most of my other pretty perennials and roses have ceased flowering. This plant has taken ages to actually flower. The foliage is fairly triffid-esque and the first flower is now suitably impressive.
Can you tell how large it is? Well, it certainly has no trouble out running this saucer!
The saucer belongs to a delightful vintage tea set which I could not leave behind at a car boot sale, being only £4 and coming with a tale of belonging to a much beloved deceased's estate. Oh I'm a sucker for pretty china.
And in the background? Do you remember a few weeks ago (or maybe it was months? Golly) I showed you the patchwork quilt I had made with my favourite fabrics in my favourite shades of pink and turquoisey-green? I had some of the squares left over from that quilt so I couldn't resist cutting some more and making version number two.
The sun decided to pop in and out, sigh, and I couldn't help noticing all the leaves and windfalls on the ground. No, I will bring out my pretty quilt and pretend it's not that season beginning with an "A"!
Hmm, I spy a cosy bed over there, thinks Ginge.
Not on your life, furry face! Let's get that quilt on the line.
So if you fancy a little cosiness in your life this Autumn (there, I said it!), you could head over to my blogshop where this pretty quilt awaits. (Now rehomed.)
I'm hanging on to my dahlia though and now I'm off to get on with my latest quilt. Thanks so much for reading today.