Whizz Bang Fizzle

My vision for my bright border is (a bit pretentiously): a firework display of colour, with exploding shapes and textures.

By 6th November, there are embers glowing.

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The burgundy and brown hues in the background provide bonfire-night cosiness.  That feeling of being enveloped by a woolly hat and gloves.

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There’s the odd sparkler (careful where you touch!)

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They send out sparks out in every direction, spitting and hissing.

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There are sudden starbursts of colour: red and green, orange and gold.

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Pops of light: there one moment, gone the next.

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There are spills from the centre, cascading in trails.

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Glittering sparkles draw gasps from the crowd.

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The bursts get smaller, and fizzle out.

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Then there is just the spent cases.

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The cinders and ashes.  Ghostly remnants.

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The show is over.  It is time to traipse home.

Is your garden going out with a whizz-bang-pop?  Or a little fizzle?

You might like to see these posts of the bright border through the growing season:

The Big Bang: the making of a bright border

Key plants in the bright border

Lighting the Touch-Paper in the Bright Border

Roses in the Bright Border

Refresh! How to water well

Supersonic

Absolutely Fabulous

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26 Comments Add yours

  1. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Lovely post, but I can’t begin to think about woolly hats and gloves when the temperature is 30 degrees at 6.30 pm!!

    1. Ali says:

      It’s funny how we can’t imagine different temperatures from the one we are experiencing, isn’t it?

  2. Clare Pooley says:

    Wonderful post! I love the photos and the pictures you draw with your words!

    1. Ali says:

      Thank you Clare!

  3. Nature is so amazing. I love those reads. I love thinking about how nature puts on a continual, year-long show of beauty. And certainly nature does it for nature. But I think nature also does it for us :).

    1. Ali says:

      🌈🤸🏽‍♀️🙏

      1. Oops, I meant “reds” 🙂

      2. Ali says:

        There are so many reds in nature, aren’t there?

  4. FlowerAlley says:

    Lovely post. Thanks friend.

  5. Heyjude says:

    Your garden even dies beautifully. Thank you for this wonderful firework display Ali.

  6. M.B. Henry says:

    They still draw gasps from the crowd indeed! Beautiful pictures (and I really enjoyed your title for this post too 🙂 )

  7. Cathy says:

    Another geat analogy, Ali, with the perfectly chosen photos to accompany it. I looked back at the first post you linked to and it was good to see how it all began – being able to double the depth makes such a big difference, something I will never be able to achieve here

    1. Ali says:

      It did make all the difference when the border was so long. I wonder if there is a magic proportion for width and length?

      1. Cathy says:

        I am sure there will be !

  8. rusty duck says:

    We may need to look more carefully now, especially after last week’s frosts, but there’s joy to be found in every season isn’t there!

    1. Ali says:

      That’s right. In some ways I enjoy the sunshine more at this time of year, and every flower is precious.

  9. nancy marie allen says:

    We can always find beauty – no matter what season or place!

  10. Eliza Waters says:

    Great comparision to the season’s celebrations!

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