Luckily I had the foresight to fill my vase in readiness for participating in Cathy's meme, In a Vase on Monday, today because the storm that was forecast arrived mid-afternoon and did it's worst. I'll pop a few pics showing some of the damage at the end of this post.
Despite it being October my roses don't seem to know that winter is fast approaching ... or maybe they are having one last hurrah before the year end! Whatever, they are beautiful, especially these creamy white shrub roses, Patricia Kent. The perfume is just delicious. I've teamed them up with a few of the cream Californian poppies, a fennel seed head, and a sprig of parsley flowers - who would have thought you could do more with parsley than use it as a garnish :)
The nasturtiums have still got a few flowers on them but really they do need to be cleared away before the first frost turns them to slush. With that sad fact in mind, I picked a few heads and brought them in to enjoy.
The nasturtiums fitted nicely into a rarely used posy bowl, a holiday souvenir from the pottery in the Channel Island of Jersey. I do like the bowl, I just forget it's there most of the time.
And here's a couple of photos showing just a little of what the storm did to my mallow flowers in the last 24 hours.
They have been flattened. Recently I've been tidying up the beds and borders ready for winter, but hanging on to as many still flowering as possible. I think now my best plan would be to admit defeat and cut the mallows down.
The long border where most of the mallows are growing. Glad to report that the staked hollyhocks withstood the winds.
Hope you've had a better 24 hours wherever you are.