From the middle of November we have been having rain, at last. That means less days sitting watching the garden in the sun and more time viewing it from the inside.

At least the Lagerstroemia is getting enough rain to drain the leaves of their precious nutrients and allow the dry shells to fall. Gradually the bark is becoming mature and starting to peel.

The Salvia leucantha is still going strong, and with the bees and its long stems in constant motion, it draws your attention as soon as you look outside.

The saffron has been harvested and although I did not think it was as plentiful as last year my harvest was 5.5 grams against 3.8 grams of last year.

We had an unexpected harvest from our Acca sellowiana or feijoa bush this year. Perhaps it was just the very hot summer but it was the first time that our plants had given fruit. We had planted them as the pretty flowers attract the bees and had not really expected them to give fruit and we were surprised at how good they tasted.

Our Eriobotrya japonica is in full flower at the moment but I can only smell the lovely perfume when I go to the bottom of our garden which has not been so frequent in this rainy period.

The flowers attract a lot of pollinators including the Asian hornet. I just hope the fruits will manage to set before we get really cold weather as we had no fruit last year.

Although this year we had hardly any apples or pears, at least our Malus has given fruit for the birds.

The birds come to have a bath even in the rain, so this is something else that we can watch from the window. I think this is a female black cap (Sylvia atricapilla).


16 thoughts on “Rain

  1. jeanettemadden

    I loved seeing so many pollinator photos and the names of the plants they are visiting. Several of the plants grow here south of Fort Worth. I already have Fall Aster and Turk’s Cap and now know which others I should purchase. Do all the butterflies come as far north as Fort Worth?

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      1. jeanettemadden

        I have been following and enjoying your blog for a few years but don’t often comment. Keep the posts coming. I love birds as well as plants and like reading about your bees. The Black Cap is adorable. The blog for which I intended my original comment is Chickadee Gardens in Oregon, USA in case you are interested.

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    1. I’ve found the sudden change here from warm dry weather to constant rain difficult to get used to. I would prefer a more gentle change – but we can always moan, perhaps that will make us feel better. Amelia


  2. The fruit is unfamiliar to me, as is the Eriobotrya. The Salvia leucantha is so pretty and I will look for one in spring for my hebr garden. Maybe not everso hardy, but worth a try and good for the bees in the summer. 😃

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  3. Nice to hear you got a decent saffron harvest. Ours are blooming very sporadically due to moisture fluctuations I think. We got a bit of rain but then nothing. Forecast keeps pushing it further out. Those are some plump feijoas! We’ve been enjoying our harvest too, such as it is. Your sitting spot outside looks very welcoming for when the weather allows. And watching the birds at the fountain from inside must be very enjoyable when it’s inclement. -lisa

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