Autumn's colourful mantle is fast falling from tree to ground but close your eyes and the warmth on your face this week could easily trick you into thinking it was September or May. Autumn has been very kind to to the flowers this year and there are still plenty to be seen here in Normandy, despite the fact it is now November.
|Pink geranium - Pelagonium spp|
|English marigolds - Calendula officinalis|
|French marigolds - Tagetes patula|
|Fuchsia - Fuchsia magellanica|
|Sweet marjoram - Origanum majorana|
|White dead nettle - Lamiun album|
There are still vegetables to be harvested, the weeds they are a-growing and I'll need to get the mower out again very soon. 18ºC in November is so warm. Will we pay for nature's clemency later on? Interestingly, (well I think so) when we moved here in 2007 we had a very mild, first winter. All through that autumn and winter a few primroses were in flower down the valley and there were plenty of leaves to be seen. This year there are none. No leaves and certainly no flowers. Does our friend Primula vulgaris know something we don't? Are we in for a hard winter? What do you think?