It is nearly dark by 8.30 in the evening now and the light evenings will continue to shrink down week by week until the clocks change next month. There is one benefit though of the sun not rising so far above the horizon. There is a unique quality to the light that shines in the morning and evening at this time of the year. The suns rays seems a little stretched out, the shadows are longer, the contrast is greater. Combined with the pre-autumnal change in the colour of foliage and the yellow mounds of harvested hay bails scattered in the fields all around us, it seems that everything is turning as golden as a dish that is almost ready to eat.
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1) Rose ‘the generous gardener’
A David Austin rose that climbs next to the front door. It has a nice habit which is somewhat between a climber and a shrub and never to overpowering in its growth. With a bit of deadheading it should continue to flower for another few weeks yet. A generous rose indeed.
2) Malus ‘evereste’
I really must make more space for crab apples in the garden. I have never gotten around to doing anything much with the fruits and the birds seem to be similarly ambivalent about them but they are a welcome dab of colour as we move into autumn and even winter. Like miniature baubles on a Christmas tree.
3) Artichoke flower
Unsurprisingly we couldn’t get through the huge glut of artichokes this summer although we did have one or two most evenings in June! I always leave some heads on the plant to flower and they are such a beautiful contrast with the purple flowers shining above the almost woody leaves. It looks rather like a mad scientist has attached a flower to a vegetable. Earlier today I saw some of these at an outdoor cafe being used as table decorations. The flower head had simply been cut off and laid upright on the table and it looked perfect.
4) The back garden
This photo was taken at about 6am I think and you can see the lengthening of the shadows already. You may also notice a new guest in the garden – our newest guinea pigs (popcorn and blueberry). They probably make enough of a contribution to the garden to merit a feature of their own one day. Not only do they eat all the dandelions (and most of the grass) in the lawn but their litter makes for outstanding compost material; a mixture of wood chip, paper and hay all impregnated with finest guinea pig urine. It is like gold-dust.
5) The front garden
Leaning over the wall next to the front garden path it is apparent that the colour is fading now and the flower count is going down week by week but the contrasting colours of grasses and foliage almost make up for this. In a few weeks time I will look back at this kind of photo with fondness and it will seem incredibly green compared to the bare border in November and December, so I will appreciate it all while it lasts.
I can’t think a flower that epitomises the September mixture of yellow, brown and orange any more perfectly than the sun flower. They are standing reverentially, paying homage, nodding in respect to the great ball of energy 150 million kilometres away form our planet. The evenings may be growing dimmer but we should give thanks for the life that our star continues to give us.
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