These late autumn flowers (and pods) have strong characters.   The tall, willowy Michaelmas daisies look gracefully flexible in the garden but the flowers in each spray are held firm apart from their neighbours.  The dill holds its great domed flower heads on strong, upright stems above soft, feathery foliage. The Chinese lanterns glow in the soft autumn light and rattle in the breeze.  All three resist my tempts to arrange them in a vase, choosing their own places.


In a big jug on the outside table they bring a touch of bold colour into the back yard, rearranging themselves as the wind blows.

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