Yesterday was a hot summer day with a cloudless blue sky.
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.
In the garden it is the same. The season is changing.
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.
The bumble bee tree (Heptacodium jasminoides) is still alive with visitors.
The Echinacea is drying but has its own beauty and is pointing to the end of summer.
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 too are passing but there are still lots of flowers to attract the bees and give the borders colour.
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.
Even the nepeta is still providing colour and nurture.
Never the less, I find the imminent passing of the summer sad.