As autumn’s mists descend and the sun grows weaker, the garden fills with skeletal forms. Blooms gone, new structures are revealed. Papery cowslip heads provide a welcome retreat for Nab End’s harlequin ladybirds.
But it is the hellebore’s elfin hats, the foxglove’s bells, the rustling heads of columbine, and the lily’s russet casings that appeal to me, as inspiration for silver vessels and jewellery I hope one day to make.
The seeds from this assortment of heads, pods and cases can be collected and, if stored carefully in dry conditions, saved and planted.
But left alone they promise fresh surprises in the spring.