October 1st - how on earth did we get so late in the year? The trees are slowly changing colour, the swallows have left and the garden is preparing for winter ... but there are still glimpses of summer to be seen if you know where to look, especially as this week we have had fabulous weather with daytime temperatures around 20ºC.
These self seeded marigolds have been flowering since early in the year and are still turning their yellow faces sunwards hoping for a passing honey bee to come and pollinate them.
|English marigolds (Calendula) in a Normandy garden|
Most of the sunflowers are over but this small one is just starting to unfurl.
The butterflies, though, seem to prefer the sedums by the gite. I snapped these 2 where they spent all day hungrily gathering nectar.
|Painted Lady on Sedum, Autumn Glory|
|Peacock butterfly on Sedum, Autumn Glory|
I mentioned on a comment on Claudia's blog that I would not see any more Morning Glory flowers until next summer. So imagine my surprise when I went to check how my beans were drying and I found this glory in full bloom ... and in late afternoon too. Like it was hanging on to every ray of sunshine before winter takes over.
|Morning Glory (Ipomea)|
More summer is shining out of these tomatoes that I harvested from the polytunnel - although that pretty much is all of them but for a few green ones I'll turn into chutney and some very small cherry ones I shall probably oven dry.
|The last of the tomatoes?|
But to be truthful it is autumn that is really winning over summer now - misty mornings, a chill in the wind and foliage changing colour. I love the colour the blueberry leaves take on. It is pretty much the first plant to show it's autumn colour and looks as fiery red at hot embers. If you are wondering how autumn colours come about then have a read of the blog I wrote about it.
|Fire in the blueberry bush|
Finally, I just had to include this picture of the gite I took on Sunday. Without a cloud in the sky it could have been high summer not late September!
|Eco-Gites of Lenault, Normandy, France.|
As with every Thursday I am linking this post up with other gardening posts on How Does you Garden Grow with the lovely Annie at Mammasarus. Why not head over there and have a nosy at other gardens from the comfort of your on home.