When I arrived, there were already undeveloped catkins
on the tree, but of course there were no leaves at all.
Today, they are already showing before the leaves have fallen.
Since they are already quite large, they must have been developing
for a little while already.
This is quite suprising to me, as they finally opened out in March
this year so it seems that they spend around six months in the
undeveloped form over winter.
I bought and planted this Cyclamen last weekend.
It is somewhat hidden from view so when I happen to see it,
I smile a little.
Not sure if it going to be completely hardy over winter as
it looks a little bit too pretty. We shall see.
A lovely Gazania flower, along with a bonus insect.
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A few bright sunny days, but also a lot of rain. I've not been taking good
notes, but it seems like there were no rain free periods longer than a
day or so.
Overall there is not a lot of difference between
what was flowering at the end of August
and the end of September.
I think I forgot to mention the yellow Loosestrife in the last
roundup and the flowers had almost finished by the end of August.
However a few flowers lingered on all the way through September.
I can't say I like these that much and in spite of their reputation
these ones are not a magnet for bees and butterflies.
However they are providing the only bit of colour in the left border
at the moment which is very welcome.
The winter jasmine is starting to flower. This was one of …
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Today summed up September pretty well - it started off sunny, then it
rained heavily and then it got sunny again.
A story repeated over and over throughout the month.
At least it was fairly calm.
It is getting harder to come up with a whole six things and I was
going to skip this week, but once the sun came out again I managed to
get a few photos.
This Primrose is in the border by the side of the house
where even the weeds struggle to grow.
It and the winter jasmine were the only plants in flower
when I arrived here at the beginning of the year.
More and more I can feel the year's cycle beginning to close.
You can see how it was originally
a few pictures down into the original January post
- it does look a bit happier now.
It also reminds me …
I saw a couple of beetles on my Salvia "Wendy's wish", they were quite
small so I couldn't be sure, but I had a feeling that they might be
I took a picture so I could take a closer look
and it does indeed look like one.
As far as I know there is nothing similar that isn't very rare.
I knew that they were a pest of Rosemary (obviously!) and Lavender so
looked them up and it does say that they are also to be found on
Salvia (and Thyme) species as well.
I was lucky to see a comma butterfly in the garden today.
I know that they are quite widespread and fairly common,
but I've only ever seen a few of them, so
to me, it is quite special to see one, especially as it stayed so
It spent all its time on the Verbena bonariensis, sometimes flying
away as if to see if there was anything better, but always coming
Just suddenly noticed a couple of days ago that a few
flowers had appeared on the Winter Jasmine.
It was flowering when I arrived here, so I didn't know when
it was likely to start flowering.