The days are now much cooler and mornings and evenings are cold, though not quite cold enough yet to need the heating on, but maybe this weekend we’ll light the fire to make it cosy. The plants are appreciating some rain and the condensation that wets them in the mornings. Rosa Molineux looks like it did for its first flowering in spring and the lemon coloured Hemerocallis is flowering to keep the rose company.
Best of all Rosa mutabilis is flowering like never before; they were planted last autumn and have now formed strong bushes that are full of flower, they have given me such a lot of pleasure all summer.
Yesterday, despite my tendinitis I planted the smaller island bed, today I will add some more bulbs. I intend posting about the individual beds as I finish planting them.
There is still lots to enjoy in the garden and still a lot to do; this is really my window of opportunity to complete as much planting, transplanting and bulb planting as I possibly can. There are not enough hours in the day! The sunset comes before I’ve finished.
The garden is still full of blue butterflies and many different kinds of bees are still visiting to collect nectar.
Click on photo below to see all the flowers blooming today.
Bye the way I discovered that the strange mud nest I posted about in September is made by the thread-waisted wasp, Sceliphron spirifex. They put spiders in the mud case for the larvae to feed on.
There are lots of these wasps and many others in the garden. Some of them are keeping the brasicas free of cabbage white caterpillers.