Today the steady rain reminds me that Autumn isn't too far away. Mowing the lawn yesterday I spotted the first yellowing leaves falling and now the calendula and crocosmia are beginning to flower. Among the leaves of the hop vine are this year's comma caterpillars, strange, spiky creatures, bright with splashes of orange and white, munching their way to adulthood. The garden is also being visited by young jays, still without their full wing plumage and tails. Evenings are arriving sooner, filled with cricket song, dragonflies and the odd hornet and wasp checking out the table for any late suppers. Summer at almost full circle, with the hops and grapes starting to fill out on the vine.