A week of sunshine and hot temperatures has not only bought on new flowers but also allowed petals and herbs to be collected when bone dry, a real bonus for drying and storing them. This week I have harvested a handful of the following to make a hearty pot pourri for drab winter months.
Rose petals (pink and orange)
The temperatures soared up towards the 30*c yesterday and I was struck by the bizarreness of autumn fruits and spiders webs in the garden and the searing heat. Do spiders get sunburn or heatstroke?
But this hot weather does mean there are plenty of butterflies in the garden still and I noticed how beautiful the underwing of this red admiral is.
(Nearly forgot, I returned from holiday to find the gherkins had grown very large, am going to pickle them anyway just in case it works, fingers crossed! Have discovered I can sterilize Kilner jars in the dishwasher, how easy is that?)