a french garden

Reflections on nature in a garden in France


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Things are changing in the garden

the Charentais blue sky

Yesterday was a  hot summer day with a cloudless blue sky.

The scorched back garden

The “grass” is yellow and the trees are suffering.

Today the change is evident.  The morning is misty with the humidity approaching a fine rain.

Cosmos sulphureus going to seed

In the garden it is the same.  The season is changing.

Plum tree dusted with yellow leaves

Yesterday I noticed the plum tree had a dusting of golden leaves on its crown that were floating to the ground when a breeze moved the branches.  At lunch time under the tree some leaves fell onto the food and decorated the table.

Yet other parts of the garden seem to be still in summer mode.

There have been large numbers of peacocks this year

Red bottomed bumble bee

Helophilus trivittatus enjoying the nectar

The bumble bee tree (Heptacodium jasminoides) is still alive with visitors.

Echinacea seed heads

The Echinacea is drying but has its own beauty and is pointing to the end of summer.

The cosmos is not only one of my favourites but also popular with the bees

The Cosmos sulphurous still provides bright orange and yellow flowers and there are plenty of seeds to collect for next year.  The cosmos is popular with the bees but I have been tricked here by this dronefly, so called because some people (who me ?) think it looks like a drone honey bee whereas it is an Eristalis sp.  Many thanks to Susan at  http://daysontheclaise.blogspot.com

The dahlias provide end of season brightness

The dahlias too are passing but there are still lots of flowers to attract the bees and give the borders colour.

Asters are just starting to flower

The asters or ” Reine Margeurite” are as popular here for a country garden flower.  The seeds are easy to collect each year for sowing in the spring.

Queen of Spain fritillary, Issoria lathonia

Even the nepeta is still providing colour and nurture.

Never the less, I find the imminent passing of the summer sad.