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?

49 thoughts on “Tuesday at Two (October 22nd)

  1. Your garden looks so different now the colours are changing, very colourful whereas before it was lovely shades of green. I can’t say I have noticed any bees lately, it has been raining so much, I have hardly been in the garden, except for dashing to the greenhouse to sow seeds!

    • It really is changing rapidly now Pauline – I can see everything tinged with yellow today! Hope your weather cheers up. We’re having a milder spell at the moment.

  2. Yes Cathy there are lots of bees in the garden now, and butterflies too, we are having a wonderful few days of delightful sunny weather, with temperatures of about 22Β°C, just about perfect! I love the colour of your Aster:

    • Hi Christina. Your weather does sound nice – like a summer’s day should be! πŸ˜‰ I’d be quite happy with temperatures of 22Β°C in July and August!

    • I don’t know why, but the bees showed very little interest in all my sedums this year. There must be something better in my neighbour’s garden! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for your comment Cindy!

  3. we have as the sun came out to warm the days but come Wednesday night I think that may all change I added fresh sugar water for them as only the Cosmos are in bloom oh and the spider Plant πŸ™‚

    • Hi Claire. That aster is a great splash of shocking pink that goes surprisingly well with the autumn colours. We haven’t had as many bees as usual this year, so it’s good to see a few still around. πŸ˜€

  4. It was very windy here today and a lot of the leaves came down. Very warm though so insects are still busy, busy. The image of your Acer and the statue is very pretty and serene, Cathy. You must be delighted to see it again.

    • I often forget it’s there in the summer! The leaves are dropping so rapidly here, but the yellow covering the ground then reflects the light so nicely.

  5. Very autumnal photos now – especially your statue sat among the fallen leaves. We’re getting storms here too – tipping it down one minute then sunny and relatively warm the next. The abrupt changes must be confusing for the bees, but they’re still getting out and looking for flowers when the sun shines.

    • The main attraction for the bees this year was the Perovskia, and the lavender too. But since September there have been very few around and the sedum has been almost bare, which is unusual. We did have a bumble bee nest in our roof though… noisy when it got hot (apparently they carry out “wing fanning” in the nest to ventilate), but otherwise no problem at all!

  6. How fun to have your statue making a fresh appearance! I think it’s great that you have it there year-round, even when it’s shrouded in beautiful leaves at the height of the growing season. I haven’t seen many bees lately, Cathy. I think that’s partly due to the fact that I haven’t been intentional in having fall flowers. I’m really dedicating myself to adding in more year-round color and flowers so by next year maybe I’ll be ready for the bees! πŸ™‚

    • I hope so Debra, they need all the help they can get! We had fewer than usual this summer, although the Perovskia and lavender were a great attraction. Sedums are good autumn bee food, but I have no idea if they like your climate!

    • Miles apart, yet such similar climates! It’s supposed to stay mild a while here yet, but we had snow at the end of October last year, so I’m prepared…!

  7. Down here in central Texas bees still abound. I’m still seeing many on goldenrod, poverty weed, and other autumn-flowering native species. Too bad you can’t teleport here to have a look for yourself.

    • It certainly would be nice to see some of those beautiful flowers you feature on your pages. Goldenrod has gone to seed here now, and I will probably regret not cutting those seedheads off but they do look lovely!

  8. Much rain here recently Cathy and thunder at the weekend. More to come 😦 It’s been a few days since I’ve seen a bee but it is mild enough for biting creatures to be out and about. My legs bear witness πŸ™‚

    • I got bitten by something yesterday too – but I WAS deep in the bushes, pruning the Philadelphus. Today was wet again, but the next few days are forecast to be “too warm for the season”. I’m not complaining!

    • I always leave my summer pots outdoors until the first frost gets them, so some are still looking nice here too. I forget to water them at this time of year though!

  9. In our garden asters are fading too, but my “Cosmos” are blooming and still have many buds.
    These Cosmos are attracting bees and bees….and an odd cabbage.butterfly and the beautiful “Nierenfleckzipfelfalter”. What a wonderful sunny autumn day!

    • Hello Elisabeth. I’m glad you are still seeing insects. It’s getting very quiet in the garden now though. Enjoy the sunshine (when it gets through the morning mist!).

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