Here in Sussex, Bonfire is serious business and we are still recovering from the Fifth when we marched in torchlit processions as land girls, a soldier and a little evacuee.
The fireworks displays round here are spectacular, but looking around the garden, some of the effects of nature are just as beautiful.
- Exploding rose hips
I love the way these peachy coloured hips explode into blackened spikes. If you look closely there is one little pale pink rosebud in their midst.
2. Bonfire vine
After a particularly fruitful year, our vine is giving a last hurrah, bursting like flames into the holly tree behind.
3. Golden rain
As it loses the last of its leaves, now turned to gold, our little apple tree is enjoying a moment of autumnal beauty.
4. Star burst
I have featured the space age flowers on our Fatsia japonica quite recently, but could not resist another shot while I’m on the fireworks theme.
5. Mahonia Catherine WheelWhen I was a little girl, my favourite firework was always the Catherine Wheel. My dad would fix one to a wooden post in our back garden and set it off. Our Mahonia, about to come into a whorl of flower, reminds me of this.
6. Hydrangea rockets
I bought this a couple of years ago from Waitrose as a blue indoor table hydrangea. It now fends for itself outside and is still lovely with its panicles of purples.
That’s enough on the fireworks theme from me. Don’t forget to visit the Master of Ceremonies The Propagator to see what delights from their gardens he and his followers have come up with this week.