Is it autumn?

The trees are starting to have brown leaves.

Some of the leaves are starting to fall.

The new little Tetradium daniellii, tree which flowered for the first time last year, has not flowered this year and its leaves are turning yellow.

Luckily, I have another established Tetradium and my new little tree turned out to be a female and the flowers produced seeds. I planted them last December, just to see what would happen and now I have a little seedling!

The Caryopteris in the front garden is still flowering well and attracting the bees. Last year we cut it back after it had flowered so there was a considerable number of cuttings. I don’t know if it was the correct timing but Kourosh put six cuttings in a pot and they all took!

We put the cuttings in various places in the garden to bide their time until finding permanent homes and now they are flowering! That is quite a success story, so it must be an easy plant to take cuttings from, so if you have some in your garden…

The cosmos add so much colour to the front garden at this time of year.

The cosmos make great landing spots for all types of bees.

They are also a good source of pollen.

This year I noticed the honeybees on the sedum before it was completely opened.

I associate sedum more with bumblebees and butterflies but this year has been different, perhaps because we had such a dry August.

This year we had less summer honey than last year. Now we are treating the bees against the varroa mite with thymol which is a natural extract of thyme oil. It has a strong smell and the bees do not like it but Violette makes the most fuss.

It was quite hot on Monday so Kourosh supplied her with a parasol but she was still unhappy. As long as it makes her scratch the horrible mites off, then it will be worth it.

This week white cosmos have started to flower everywhere in the garden. As they are mainly self-seeded I do not understand why the white coloured cosmos have flowered later than the pink/lilac ones.

A new season is coming but it is reassuring to find a baby marbled newt (Triturus marmoratus) in the garden. Everything has been so strange and disturbed this year that it is good to see that these newts have continued to breed in the garden.

19 thoughts on “Is it autumn?

  1. Janine

    Hi Both,
    The days are certainly becoming noticeably shorter here as well. Harvest of grapes, pears and apples are in full swing before the raccoons decide to eat them.
    The bees are desperately taking feed and we have treated with Apivar. The garden is full of Cosmos and Sedum and planted Cat Mint this year that has proven a hit. The Tamarisk tree has had a second flush and a limited amount of lavender has rebloomed.
    Bees are bringing in yellow, orange and grey pollen still . We have Calendula and Japanese Anemone but they appear to have no interest in the pollen.
    I have observed very few mites this year ( but I am not less vigilant) and will treat with OA later in the season.
    All the best for you, the bees and garden.
    Regards Janine near Vancouver BC

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    1. I love the catmint, it survives the drought and the sun and is always there for the pollinators. I have never had lavender flower for a second time! Kourosh counted the varroa before we treated with Apiguard, they needed treatment but the count was not too high. Do you feed your bees while you treat them? Here we feed just after harvest and then we treat. I suppose your season is shorter than ours. Here the ivy has just started to flower and theoretically this is what the bees stock up on for winter. Amelia

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  2. Even here where autumn is later, summer seems to be finishing. The box elders have been shedding. They start shedding more because summer is so dry than because of cooler weather. Nonetheless, they look like they are responding to incoming autumn. Sycamores are browning in Los Angeles arleady.

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  3. Paddy Tobin

    Tetradiium daniellii is one of my favourite trees and certainly lives up to its common name of Bee Bee Tree as it is generally mobbed by bees. It has undergone a name change and is now Evodia daniellii. Yes, autumn is here!

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    1. The ivy in this area is just starting to open if it is growing in the sun. I hope it gives enough nectar for all the pollinators to get their autumn feed. Well, I do not feel so charitable towards the Asian hornet which likes the ivy but I try. Amelia


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