Sometimes September and October days bring misty mornings, which are then an excuse to search the garden for spiders webs, spangled with moisture, glistening like diamonds in the early sunshine when it breaks through the mist.
This web was in the purple berberis by the front door. Such a beautiful contruction.
This one was strung between the stems of perovskia in the back garden. It is huge, I wonder how long it took the little spider to make it?
Walking round the garden was difficult with the strands crosiing the paths, I had to be careful not to break any.
This time of year all the berries are forming which will hopefully feed the birds in the winter. Unfortunately the birds don’t think of the months to come, they just see plenty of food and start eating, gobbling up all the berries far too quickly. I’ll have to make sure that I am well stocked with bird food so that there is always something for them through the winter months.
The small purple berberis in the back garden is covered in bright red berries at the moment.
Rosa glauca is also covered with berries. The leaves are rapidly turning yellow and will soon drop, just leaving the berries hanging on for a bit longer.
Fuchsia Delta Sarah has such large berries, something is eating them, they don’t last long, but I’ve never found out who or what it is that fancies them.
Cotoneaster horizontalis growing up the kitchen wall, is covered with berries, but they never last long, they are eaten very quickly by the blackbirds and thrushes.
Red Pyracantha berries are in the border by the field.
Ilex Golden King has berries that end up orange, so they last longer than the red ones.
The yew in the back garden needs drastic cutting back, but at least while it’s shaggy, it has plenty of berrie, probably why I have so many seedlings!
Purple berberis by the front door is covered with berries. When redwings visit the garden on their migration, they can strip the bush in a day.
The Pyracantha by the entrance is completely covered with orange berries, hopefully these will last a while. This is another shrub that needs drastic pruning, but you need to wear body armour to do it, the thorns are lethal!
Just look at those gorgeous blackberries, I hope I can pick a few to put with my apple crumbles before the birds get them all.
When I see the blackbirds and thrushes jumping up and down on the little Lonicera nitida hedge, I know that the purple berries have formed. They are only a few, formed inside the hedge, not on the top,but obviously they love them.
We have lots of Arum in the garden, a lot are the wild ones , but also we have plenty of Arum italicum marmoratum with the beautiful marbled leaves. Their berries stand out in the shade where they love to live.
The eating apple trees are groaning with apples this year. Even after I have picked plenty there will be loads to keep the birds happy.
I think my cooking apple tree is a Bramley, again it is laden, plenty for both me, the birds and little mammals.
The larder is full, but how long will it all last? It depends on the wildlife and the weather, we will just have to wait and see. Autumn is a very special season, very different from summer, very colourful with the leaves all changing and falling.
Masses of conkers, the fruit of the Horse Chestnut trees, are now dropping from the trees. A bumper crop this year, I hope it doesn’t mean that my trees are trying to reproduce before dying!
The acorns are crunching underfoot, there are so manny of them!
More work,for me, oh well, it’s good for the waistline!
The back lawn is covered with acorns and conkers amongst the leaves and I know the squirrels will be planting them in the borders and in pots, then in a couple of years I will have loads of seedling trees everywhere!
Autumn is a very special season but it also means lots of work is needed to keep the garden reasonably tidy. I leave the leaves on the beds with sturdy, tough plants, but they must be removed from any plants that will get smothered and die, usually in the front 2 ft of the borders. I also, believe it or not, rake the leaves up in the woodland, having found that the layer of thick chestnut leaves rise up on top of my precious snowdrops and they can’t be seen. The leaves are replaced with a nice mulch of leaf mould, which has been rotting away in a corner of the woodland for the last 2 years. Once this has been done, I’m ready for the snowdrop season to start once more!