“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”, and the fruits of autumn have dramatic shapes and colours for the designer, more varied than those of blossoms. I’m developing a range of floral designs, so the first things I went to for ideas were the seed heads of garden flowers – in this case, the spiky form of teasel and the pods and berries of Iris foetidissima. It’s one of the less dramatic irises, its flower nothing to speak of, but the green oval pods split open to reveal bright orange berries. (As its name suggests, it doesn’t smell very nice either, and it’s commonly called Stinking Gladwyn.  Who was the unfortunate Gladwyn, I wonder?)

Here you can see the progression from drawings of the pods in a vase to the finished design.


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