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.


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


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


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


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


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


There are spills from the centre, cascading in trails.


Glittering sparkles draw gasps from the crowd.


The bursts get smaller, and fizzle out.


Then there is just the spent cases.


The cinders and ashes.  Ghostly remnants.


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

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

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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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