There are times when I have to liberate flora from the communal wood behind our house. These berries were such an occasion. There is a long abandoned Laurel bush growing happily out in the wood and this year it was covered in the bright red and dark purple berries. I thought the colours would match some of the Dahlias so I picked a few stems.
This is a real mix of plants including Bay leaves, sweet pea stems, rose hips, fennel flowers and stems, Antirrhinum, Verbena bonariensis and Dahlia ‘Karma Choc’, Bishop of Llandaff, Bishop of Lancaster and Thomas A Edison.
As the end of the season approaches it’s great to be able to mix and match whatever I can but having those late Dahlia’s really makes the job easier as they are show stoppers and add real depth of colour and texture to a vase. I’m going to try and overwinter these tubers but will be adding more next year too. They are invaluable.