Friday, 30 August 2013

And the hops are ripening...


On returning from holiday it was a pleasure to find the garden full of butterflies, in particular tortoiseshells, thoroughly enjoying the late summer sun and the buddlejas.  It's easy to forget just what annuals you've planted by this time of the year and there are one or two new flowers blooming, unexpectedly enjoying the heat. While away I noted the aubergine plants I'd passed on to family members in Devon were happily fruiting whereas mine in Kent are just flowering. Typical! Autumn marches towards us now, the Virginia Creeper is starting to turn crimson, leaves are falling, the grapes and the hops are ripening. Though for me, this year, it looks to be be a late harvest at home.
One sunflower survived the slugs and the weight of the crocosmia.

Tortoiseshells on the buddleja.

Calendula, cyclamen and lavender.

Rose with second flowers.

Phlox by shady fence.

Late summer border.

Grapes soon.

Comma caterpillar on the hop vine.