Gorgeous autumnal colours in this bouquet of flowers.
Pumpkins awaiting their fate – to be carved up – lit for one night and then be discarded! It is estimated that 10 million pumpkins are grown in the UK every year and 95% are used as Halloween lanterns.
The tradition of using pumpkins as lanterns at Halloween is based on an ancient Celtic custom which was taken to America by European immigrants. The faces of lost souls were carved onto hollowed out pumpkins and turnips and a candle was placed inside to make a lantern, which was placed on doorsteps to ward off evil spirits.
This lovely little geum has been in flower since Spring (see here flowering in April) and is still going strong – even the seed heads are pretty. I was particularly pleased with the planting combo against the thalictrum.
After the deluge the sun came out! Everything was weighed down from the rain, including the Rowan tree with its masses of berries which are ripening fast and it’s still only July!
The Sorbus is also known as mountain ash as well as Rowan and in English folklore is said to have magical properties and gives protection against witches.
These are the exotic looking flowers of Eccremocarpus scaber or Chilean Glory Vine, which are said to be attractive to humming birds – shame we don’t get any here!
I wrote about this little beauty in my blog last year.