I was sitting at the kitchen table, one of my favourite places to sit. I can look out onto the Rose Garden:
First I was struck by the gold of the pear tree.
Gold is the dominant colour in late autumn. The Oak trees have turned ochre, and there are varying shades of amber, gold and yellow from the Field Maples and Willows and Poplars. Our Lime tree has become burnished bronze:
There is an understorey of pale green and russet, from the Bright Border.
I love these overlapping textures.
Warmest tones, stippled and stencilled.
Having colours or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the colour is graduated from light to dark
Geranium foliage has an ombré of gold into vermillion:
Geum foliage has an ombré of green into burgundy-plum.
If I get in close to the ground, the overlapping textures remind me of appliqué.
Ornamental needlework in which pieces of fabric are sewn or stuck on to a larger piece to form a picture or pattern.
They are not stuck down flat, but are free to overlap and intertwine.
I want to describe this as a Fandangle.
fandangle [noun] archaic
A useless or purely ornamental thing.
‘a solo with no end of shakes and trills and fandangles’
Here is a bit more ombré.
And a finale of ochre from Rosa rugosa.
It is jewelled with amber rosehips:
It is the ornamentation that I am trying to get at. The decoration, ostentation, embellishment. Autumn is frippery and frills. Autumn is precious jewels, catching the light. It is burnished bronze and polished mahogany.
All these riches, if we are minded to see them.
What words come to mind when you look at the colours and textures of autumn? What associations do they hold?
The Mindful Gardener is here to help you to notice. It is easy to hide away in winter and withdraw from nature. There are still treasures to be enjoyed.
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