Tuesday View (October 29th)

Where have all the leaves gone?!


Well, a lot have already been raked up, a load that was dumped in our front drive by the wind on Sunday has also been tidied away, and the green sack in the lower right-hand corner of the photo contains another load! (The compost heap is looking very autumnal!)


The ground on this side of the rockery now has a thick winter blanket to protect it over the winter, and I didn’t have to lift a finger! When the last leaves come down they will be spread over the top of the rockery.

Do you cover plants with mulch/leaves etc for the winter?

I Spy, … again!

A couple of weeks ago I posted a photo with a butterfly hiding in it. I really hadn’t seen it when pressing the shutter. Today another one for you…. Can you see who crept into the picture without me noticing?

(You can click on the picture to enlarge it!)


Glad to note she’s a native! 😉

Have a lovely Sunday!

Update: a couple of interesting links on ladybirds and their invasive Asian counterpart the lady beetle.

Article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22554162

Pictures for comparison: http://www.diffen.com/difference/Asian_Lady_Beetle_vs_Ladybug

Beyond the Garden Gate

Now that the large maple at the bottom of the garden has shed its leaves, the panorama of the wooded hillside beyond enticed me to go out with my camera…


A lovely blue sky!


The autumn colours are perhaps more subtle than in some areas, but for us the patchwork effect across our mixed woodlands is breathtaking…


The Euonymus bushes all along by the canal are a lovely mix of pink and orange now.


And that sky just got better and better!


Let’s hope we have a sunny winter this year!

Tuesday at Two (October 22nd)

Lots of rain and even a couple of thunderstorms have caused the leaves to start falling rapidly. We can notice a difference almost daily now.


The Acer, which we think we have now identified as Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Seiryu’, is dropping its leaves too, but beneath it my statue is now visible once more!


And the asters are also past their best, although that hasn’t stopped the odd bee drop by.


Are you still seeing bees in your garden?