It's a very wet and wild morning here today....the sort of day for staying cosy indoors and not needing an excuse to venture outdoors...but I am glad that I made a visit to my garden yesterday to pick the last few blooms to brave the weather.
This gloomy day is not good for taking photographs, but at least the sedum and hydrangea flowers add a cheerful splash of autumnal colour to this corner of the room.
When ever I see the bright red rose hips of the dog rose in my garden at this time of year, I am reminded of my favourite childhood book.
I was lucky to have my mother's copy of 'The Book of the Flower Fairies' by Cicely M. Barker. I remember being enthralled by the beautifully printed illustrations of all the fairies that charted the seasons. The poems were always an added delight.
Even as a child I subconsciously loved roses - 'The Wild Rose Fairy' was my most favourite fairy friend.
And who could imagine that the bold, jewel-like rose hips would emerge from such delicate tissue petal flowers? The slightly ragged gypsy look of this fairy always appealed to me too and I am still a big fan of red and the contrast it creates against other more subtle colours.