Autumn's natural wonders

I love this time of year, when the sun hangs low in the sky and the air is thick with morning mist - it casts an incredible dappled light on everything, like some kind of natural instagram filter. And the colours are incredible, so saturated and rich, autumn flowers really do pack a punch.

Everywhere I look I want to create bouquets from the hedgerows laden with berries, rusty foliages and architectural dried seed heads - it's such an exciting time in the garden, the last hurrah before winter.

My garden is still churning out cosmos, dahlias, scabious and salvias a-plenty, while the hydrangeas and heleniums are turning into rich wine-hued shades that, though fading from glory, are still so dramatic. They're not going out with a wimper this year.

If you do one thing this weekend, get out for a country walk and just absorb the spellbinding colours on offer before the first frosts come and take us a little bit closer to winter.