It was the Faversham Food Festival last weekend – once again Faversham was at its best – and it’s only been three weeks since the amazing Hop Festival. The centre of town was really buzzing and the sun came out.
We soaked up the atmosphere and then made our way own to the Abbey Physic Garden. The food festival was being celebrated here with a spot of jam making – we didn’t stay long enough to see whether the gas fired barbecue was up to the job of producing a rolling boil. However, the tomato tart and super-deep Victoria sponge looked amazing. We order a cuppa and some chocolate squares and settled ourselves down in the secluded seating by the dipping pond.
Subject to availability the Physic Garden allows you to pick produce, provided that you leave a donation for the running of the garden. We’ve never done this before and boosted by my experience at Belmont House earlier in the month I thought it would be fun to have the pick of the late summer flower crop!
My bunch of flowers came with me into town for lunch, a trip to the optician and then the library. Not surprisingly there were a few casualties – the petals on the Japanese anemone were badly damaged, so I picked them off to reveal the tight “dot” of the seed head. As I didn’t want to risk losing any more blooms I put them through the boiling method of resuscitation and it worked superbly – leave me a comment below if you’d like me to elaborate.
The flowers were then stashed to one side overnight and the following day I arranged them with some of my own home grown hypericum berries and astillbe, which I set off with a bowl of red hawthorn berries and crab appeals. The perfect start to autumn.
I’d love to know how you decorate your home during the autumn. Leave me a comment (and some ideas) in the box below.
Until next time, happy flowers!
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Dates for your diary
Friday 2 October fields and forage at Anna’s Country Flowers
Monday 12 October – eight week flower arranging course in Ashford from 7-9pm
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