It's fitting then to return with an explosion of colourful Zinnias - which in the language of flowers can mean absence, or thoughts of an absent friend!
Intensely saturated colours, I discovered these last week in a village shop in Chudleigh Knighton (near-ish to Dartmoor). The contrast of the tiny golden yellow starred pistils against the vibrant magenta petals is clashing and dynamic, but somehow manages to be not at all garish! A single red/yellow flower completed the fiery posy.
I wasn't familiar with Zinnia so it took me ages to work out what these flowers are called - (thank goodness for my RHS A-Z ) Those of you who live in their native Mexico and South West USA will (I imagine), be far more familiar with them!
(p.s. the Artisan feature about me in the September issue of Period Living magazine is now online! Read it here)
...from my seasonal colour sample notebook.