Autumn Foragements

img_1565The garden is well and truly over, so henceforth it’s down to the hedgerows to provide material for vases.

I went for a forage with my friend Rachel and my sister. Rachel had told me about a bountiful source of snowberries in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Snowberries are my favourite thing of all time, and I suggested we might wander past them, so off we set. Rachel had a bird book, and was keen to spot some birds, while my sister had a tree book and wanted to identify some trees. No books in my pocket – just a pair of secateurs.

We saw some black birds and some grey trees and some oak trees, and a heron. We tried to identify various conifers, with limited success. Rachel stared at birds through her binoculars. My sister announced something about if you see a rook, it’s a crow, and if you see crows, they’re rooks. We found an oak tree, and argued whether it was an English oak or a sessile oak. Rachel found a bird hide with seats in it. I found the snowberries, and some sticks with lichen on them, some hogweed that is now syncopating against the copper post horn, and a bit of spruce, or was it Scotch pine?

I’ve also kept the roses from two weeks ago. They have been dying rather wonderfully and I can’t bear to throw them yet.

In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Do visit her page and see what she and many other garden bloggers across the world are putting into vases today.


26 thoughts on “Autumn Foragements

  1. Loved the description of your foraging, Joanna, with the grey trees and the black birds!! πŸ™‚ And I loved the understated elegance of the resultant vases, including the faded roses , which like you I would have kept too. Thanks for sharing

    1. I wish I knew too, that wasn’t 40 miles away or else hanging over the fence from someone’s front garden. I took a couple of illicit cuttings from a nearby snowberry shrub a few months back so that I could have my own. They are rampant spreaders but I thought if I kept them in large pots it would be fine. One of the cuttings bore a single tiny snowberry this autumn – so darling!

  2. I have snowberry naturalising (ie spreading) in my wild woodland patch opposite my house. I really should pop out with secateurs and enjoy those white orbs close up. I think fading. roses are one of my favourite flowers. Beautiful photography in your post today Joanna, although I think I remember that your photos are usually pretty special.

    1. Well, thank you ever so much. And yes, you absolutely must go and take some snowberry branches to enjoy indoors. I can barely believe that you haven’t done so already! Gosh, if I had a whole snowberry of my own, I’d go mad with it all over the house.

  3. Your forage seems to have been productive as well as amusing. Snowberries are something I’ve never seen here but I can appreciate why you love them. I love the lichen-coated branches (something else you don’t see in Southern California) and I’d be loathe to toss out those roses too.

  4. The snowberries do look elegant against your grey walls. Inafct everything you do looks elegant. You have a magic touch! I love the moss covered twigs. I’ve got some rose petals on my kitchen window which have dried and kept their lovely pink colour. I can’t throw them out either.

  5. I love the minimalist beauty of your snowberries in the vase πŸ™‚ I am missing real berries here just now; must try to find plants that have them (and will grow here…)! But snow-white berries would be extra-special in any case!

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