The turn into Autumn, a quiet change with a chill in the air, trees go from lush green backdrops to centre stage of golden red tones in a blink of an eye. Far from sad, I’m inspired by this time of year.

I love the huge heads of hydrangeas in turn to papery skeletons. Seed pods now the main feature of the flag iris & the final flush of garden roses before winter dormancy.

IMG_0658.JPGThe last flush of roses in the garden are always a delight to welcome.

The last flush of roses in the garden are always a delight to welcome.

The in between of seasons gives a varied choice in the floral calendar. Talking & planning of winter wreaths, bouquets & table centres. Berries & Chinese lanterns incorporated with sunflowers & brassica as well as the last few cornflowers & nigella peeping out in between dahlias and nasturtium.

One lovely event I was very excited to be involved in was a Golden Wedding Party. An intimate gathering at a lovely local venue  The Bedford Arms,

We went for a warm, cheery celebratory feel rather than massively loud & grand. There would be a nod to the Golden Anniversary with flowers in hues of yellow to gold along with ivory. The Bridal Bouquet 50 years ago had lily of the valley, I secretly endeavoured to incorporate some in the table centres, but as always, only if I was happy with the quality.

Rosa 'bikini' perfect choice for a golden wedding

Rosa ‘bikini’ perfect choice for a golden wedding

The morning of the party I surprised the ‘bride’ with a large vase of Golden Roses – a gift from her husband.

Gold roses can be tricky. Yellow can often be too banana yellow or too lemony, then the tone can move towards red & become too orange. After a chat with my wholesaler I opted for Rosa Bikini (not sure if I like the name for such an occasion!) They didn’t disappoint. Stunning large headed beauties, with a colour of deep yellow turning to a shade of golden sunset. A good amount of lovely shaped petals, strong straight stems, a good sign to drink up fresh water for longevity.

Golden Times! Pretty vases filled with choice stems of white, ivory to gold dotted all through the venue- lily of the valley was quickly spotted!

Golden Times! Pretty vases filled with choice stems of white, ivory to gold dotted all through the venue- lily of the valley was quickly spotted!

A large pedestal outside the private dining area, flowers in the private bar & the dining room turned from a quiet library type setting to a pretty, bright & exciting scent filled space.

flowers tumbling along & over a reasonable sized fireplace made the focal point of the room.

flowers tumbling along & over a reasonable sized fireplace made the focal point of the room.

A lovely fun filled celebratory evening enjoyed by all. Even the weather paid tribute to 50 years of marriage as what started as a damp mizzley morning, turned into a warm sunny afternoon with the sun setting & champagne flowing.

Autumn is here with the yummy rich plump seed pod of the flag iris

Autumn is here with the yummy rich plump seed pod of the flag iris