We’ve had the balmiest fall on record here in the PNW, sans winds and rains the fall leaves, fruits, flowers and the scents that they offer continue to entertain our senses. The air is so luxuriously warm and sweet smelling it creates a fabulous setting for walking around outdoors to pick whatever catches the eye and drop it into a kettle for a colorful autumn stew.
If you have tomato plants loaded with unripe fruit, cutting off some of the fruits will give the plant a chance to ripen the tomatoes left on the vine. Those snipped little verdant baubles will look delightful dripping down from a bouquet.
Quince in different shades add a Rubenesque quality to the scene. Also their fresh scent provides a sumptuous natural room scent. Soft sage leaves add to the verdant background.
Flower pods create a firm contrast to the soft flowers and leaves. Flowering sprigs of tomato have that distinctively intoxicating “fresh from the garden” fragrance. Rub the leaves to release the volatile oils.