a french garden

Reflections on nature in a garden in France

to Autumn



Summer fading, winter comes–
Frosty mornings, tingling thumbs

– (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Autumn mist and early morning frost arrived without warning.  It is strange how it was that only two weeks ago we spent the day on the beach.  But now the night temperature reached minus 3 degree c (26F).


It is early morning and the sun is already making the tips of the trees golden.  Our girls (the bees) are all busy inside their hive at the end of the garden.  A few hours later I looked at them closely and they were still bringing in pollen.  So the queens must still be laying eggs.


The liquidambar has lost a lot of its leaves, but still looks gorgeous.


Phacelia  that self seeded was in full flower until yesterday, but now is frozen.


So is the cosmos sulphureus. I guess we and the bees just have to accept the end of the summer flowers.


The blackbirds have stripped the berries on quite a few of the cotoneasters in the garden but this plant still has plenty berries on it.

So for the time being we can occupy  ourselves with various chores inside the house.  In the afternoon Amelia and I will go for a long walk enjoying these bright autumn days.

“Come then, find your ball and racket,
Pop into your winter jacket,
With the lovely bear-skin lining.
While the sun is brightly shining,
Let us run and play together
And just love the autumn weather.”

Autumn Song by Katherine Mansfield

Wishing you also a happy autumn.


32 thoughts on “to Autumn

  1. A lovely post, Kourosh. Great pictures. I haven’t seen frost here yet, but the cold is coming today!

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  2. Thank you for these beautiful photos. I always grieve for frozen flowers & hope the wild bees & bumblebees that were lately so busy in my yard are safely tucked in their unknown “clammy cells” for we will have our second frost tonight, maybe the hard killing one, here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina.

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    • I am glad that you liked the post. We are lucky here that in spite of the cold nights the day time temperature is usually quite high and the bees and the bumbles fly quite happily. There is still plenty of winter flowers for them and us to enjoy.


  3. Thanks for the sweet wishes, Kourosh. We hope your winter is one of joy and safety…also for your “girls.”

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  4. Nice rhyming and photos 👍

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  5. Frost, and even snow, here. Autumn ran late, but winter is catching up. It’s odd to see snow on the late-to-drop leaves. Our bees did well this summer–and our fingers are crossed for winter.

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    • I always appreciate reading your comments and specially knowing how the bees are doing that side of the Atlantic. We and the bees are lucky that the winters here are generally mild. Our bees were bringing loads of pollen yesterday. So hopefully all is well with them. – Best wishes

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  6. It looks by your photos that the fall season is now just about even on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    • We do have strange weather in these parts of France. Early mornings can be quite cold and then in the afternoon the temperature can rise to about 20C (nearly 70F). So Amelia and I try to enjoy the garden in all weather – then go for a walk in the afternoons. – Best wishes

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  7. That frost is pretty, but reminds me why I won’t leave California. Some of our sweetgum trees are still green.

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    • Many years ago we also enjoyed your beautiful California weather. But in those days we lived in NY State, and I must admit personally I enjoyed the four seasons, specially the fall with those lovely colours on the trees. – Kourosh

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  8. Lovely post. Frosted flowers are so beautiful and transient!

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    • Thanks, Cathy. As you say, I rushed out early in the morning just as the sun was appearing on the tree tops. It is nice to enjoy the garden in all weather. – Kourosh

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  9. That’s a sight to behold. Frosts here are usually followed by a brilliant sunny day. Hope you had the same, as well as a lovely walk. Delightful poetry choices.

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    • I find autumn a good time for reflection; planning the garden for next year, tidying up. The walk in the country is always delightful after the hot summer days. Thanks for your comment. – Kourosh

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  10. Frost can be so beautiful and yet we always fear it! Lovely photos, and words too. Happy autumn!

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    • Thank you. I suppose you must be also seeing the signs of winter in Germany. I assume you will spend more time indoor making those lovely cakes and food! Best wishes – Kourosh

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  11. Beautiful pictures and words.

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  12. Beach weather to deep frost in 14 days? Without going through the long dreary damp gloomy phase of autumn? My kind of climate! Great frost photos. RH

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  13. Lovely photos especially the phacelia, did it recover? We woke to frost this morning in south Devon.

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  14. Such beautify photos of a frosty garden, Kourosh. Thank you for sharing them. The birds in our garden never touch our berries. I stopped feeding them to encourage them to pick at the cotoneaster and the myrtle. But they just sat on the branches and under the tree where the empty feeders hung and looked at them. In the end, we gave in and John has filled the feeders again – the sparrows and starlings love the suet balls! Looking forward to seeing more frosty pictures of your garden and the wildlife over winter!


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