Six on Saturday 26.8.2023

There are signs of change in the garden, the light is different when the sun is shining, it is lower in the sky, so for some of the time now it is behind the tops of my ancient old trees. Berries, rosehips and hazelnuts are developing and being eaten, I hope it is by my dormice fattening up for the winter! The brambles that I am always complaining about are now covered in lucious, ripe, fat berries so I must get some in the freezer before the birds get them all. Time once again for SOS, so lets get on……..

No 1

These are the brambles or blackberries that I was talking about. They are ready to be picked to go with my Bramley apples to make crumbles for the winter. I feel like a squirrel, hoarding my food ready for when the bad weather comes!

No 2

My Myrtle tree, Myrtus communis, is absolutely covered with its lovely small flowers, this is its best year so far, it must be at least 20 yrs old and I’ve never known it to flower so well before.

No 3

I spotted a little Holly Blue butterfly fluttering round the garden the other day, it was too late to be included in my Six about butterflies. They lay their eggs on either Holly or Ivy, here it is on the ivy up the dead oak in the centre of the garden.

No 4

Pyracantha berries all ready to be eaten by the birds, it makes me feel that autumn has already arrived, but I’m not ready for it yet.

No 5

Kniphofia Bees Lemon I think, this is in the front border by the Agapanthus which have now finished, ah well, maybe one day they will flower together!

No 6

Hardy fuchsias are doing really well, so many different varieties that are brightening up the garden at the moment.

There we have my six for this week, thanks to Jim at Garden Ruminations for hosting as usual. If you pay him a visit, you will see gardens around the world and the plants that are flowering now.

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24 Responses to Six on Saturday 26.8.2023

  1. fred says:

    Brambles ! Yum …. Except crumble are you going to make jams or pies ?

  2. Helen Jones says:

    Beautiful pictures, especially the fuchsia.
    I, too, feel as though autumn is imminent. The hot weather seems like it was an awfully long time ago!

  3. Rosie Amber says:

    Love all those Myrtle flowers and the blackberries will be delicious, I just added some to a cheesecake.

    • Pauline says:

      The Myrtle has been amazing this year Rosie, you can’t see the foliage for so many flowers. Blackberry cheesecake sounds delicious!

  4. snowbird says:

    Oh yes….brambles! Love the butterflies and the flowers on tour myrtle tree, hopefully mine will bloom like that one

  5. Sarah Rajkotwala says:

    Pretty butterflies! 🦋 ooh blackberry and apple crumble, yum! Such a dainty fuchsia!

    • Pauline says:

      The fuchsias are doing really well at the moment Sarah and provide lots of colour at this time of year. I like the smaller flowers of the hardy varieties.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I am wishing now that I had more fruits growing in the garden – blackberry crumble sounds delicious! Maybe I need to make a rhubarb crisp – still have plenty of that! Unless I find Italian plums at the market…then a plum tart would be just the thing!

  7. What beautiful butterflies, Pauline. I’ve never seen Kniphofia in that lemony color. Love it.

    • Pauline says:

      There are quite a few varieties of yellow kniphofia over here Susie, we are spoiled for choice! Thought you would like the butterflies.

  8. Denise says:

    Lovely photos Pauline. Several signs that Autumn is on the way and I don’t feel ready for it either! The Pyracantha is certainly providing an abundance of food for the birds.

    • Pauline says:

      It will soon be stripped Denise, the blackbirds will soon eat them all! Leaves are also starting to change colour, summer is nearly over unfortunately.

  9. Allison says:

    Your myrtle is absolutely stunning. I lost mine last winter in that deep freeze spell.
    There’s something delightful about spotting little blue butterflies in the garden!

    • Pauline says:

      Sorry to hear about your Myrtle Allison, I realised I was taking a chance when I planted mine over 20 yrs ago, so far we obviously our temperatures haven’t dropped as much as yours, thank goodness. Always happy when I see a little blue butterfly in the garden, so tiny compared to all the others.

  10. Catherine says:

    Ah yes, autumn is on the doorstep and the garden knows it. Your blackberries look rather delicious – can we all come over for tea & crumble, please? 🙂
    I love the orange & orange-red berries of pyracantha – they’re the perfect shade of autumn. Berries, cool, calm, crispy mornings, cosy scarves & gloves. Perfect.

    • Pauline says:

      Of course you can come for tea and crumble Catherine! You have painted a lovely picture of autumn, but I’m still not ready for it!

  11. Cathy says:

    I haven’t noticed a change in the light here, but the urge for autumnal clearing is growing by the day! Oh, and the spiders’ webs, a sure sign of the approach of autumn!

    • Pauline says:

      I can’t say I’ve noticed the spiders webs yet Cathy, I’ll need a misty morning for that to show them up. Change is definitely in the air, leaves are beginning to change colour along with all the other signs.

  12. Angela says:

    Your berries look so good. I keep meaning to pop nextdoor and take up my neighbor’s offer of moving some of her blackberries over to our side, but then get scared by the thorns. Your pictures are making me rethink it yet again.

    Also, the little blue butterfly is so pretty. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them here, but Google says they’re our national butterfly so they must be around somewhere! Learn something new every day.

    • Pauline says:

      The blackberries are almost ready now to pick with my Bramley apples Angela, I’ll be busy making crumbles for the freezer, not that I eat many puddings these days, they will last me a long time! I don’t see the Holly Blue butterfly very often, it is always a lovely surprise when I see it.

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