A bucket of fresh garden flowers, picked for a friend who’s preparing for a 90th birthday party.

 

 

The rich colours and bold forms of September flowers give a wonderful sense of abundance.  Picking these will just encourage more flowers to form until the nights turn cold.

 

 

There should be enough here for three or more large vases.  Dill, echium, catmint and yellow cosmos for background, rudbeckias and dahlias as stars of the show, with snapdragons, Chinese lanterns and verbena for contrast.