Autumn harvest

For the last week or so it’s been heavily overcast in London – a series of dull grey days that seem to sum up the feelings of everyone as we headed towards the end of the second national lockdown period (though some areas will still be pretty restricted in what they can do when it ends).

But yesterday, the first day of meterological winter, the sun actually appeared, bringing all the autumnal colours to life during my walk in the park, especially this glorious purple cotinus tree.

cotinus tree cotinus tree

There were also loads of roses still in bloom – in December! This was in the walled garden, which is very sheltered, but even so – it seems that climate change is definitely having an effect.

roses in brockwell park roses in brockwell park roses in brockwell park

At the weekend, back in my own garden, it was time for a bit of a tidy up. My gardening approach tends towards the neglectful (my excuse is that it’s better for wildlife), but with most of the branches bare it became clear just how much the bindweed had run amok. So I spent a bit of time untwining it and coiling it into loose bundles. I also cut back the Virginia creeper, having enjoyed its stunning leaf colours before they fell.

As the stems of both the Virginia creeper and the bindweed were so long and flexible, I decided to try using them for some random weave. I used the thickest stems to make a hoop, and then wove the other stems around it to produce a shallow dish.

Here’s the one made from Virginia creeper. It’s about 25x20cm (10x8in). The little dried tendrils caught on everything, making it tricky to weave with, but they add  interesting detail.

random weave virginia creeper dish

And here’s the bindweed dish – much smaller, around 11cm (4.5in) in diameter.

random weave bindweed dish

Here they are both together. The perspective does funny things – the bindweed dish is relatively much smaller than it looks here.

random weave dishes

I also managed to finish knitting the sweater that I started while watching the US election results, so it’s not been a bad week. 🙂

knitted sweater

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4 thoughts on “Autumn harvest”

  1. Kim, I agree the low cloud was quite miserable, so the last 2 days of sunshine has been lovely. We also have a rose still flowering in the garden – one of the rose bushes I’ve not yet cut back, and probably won’t have the inclination to if I’m honest.

    Your baskets are lovely particularly the bindweed one – what fun way to tame what are normally garden ‘thugs’.

    Your jumper is great with its change in the rhythm down one side. Love the colour too. I will have to admire from a distance as I don’t do (more accurately – intensely dislike) knitting, although I’ve mentioned before I can crochet almost anything.

    1. Thanks Antje. There are actually three offset bands of stripes on the front and the back, but you can only see two of them because I am terrible at taking selfies! I like crochet too, particularly because it grows more quickly…

  2. What lovely items you’ve made from your garden! Yes, in early December when the sun shines everything does look good.

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