Wednesday, 29 September 2010

September Song At Barleycorn

Woolly Bear Caterpillar

During September walks around the garden, I greeted old familiar faces...lavender and purple Michaelmas Daisies; orange Montbretia; pink, white, and purple Phlox; exquisite blooms of Japanese Anemones, and colourful Summer annuals which will linger until the first frosts arrive. I am so thankful for these late-bloomers, for the garden season would be so much shorter without them.
Rainbow Over Barleycorn

We have had a relatively dry spell of weather recently, resulting in many parched plants. When the much-needed showers came, they refreshed everything the garden - trees, flowers and the ponds themselves - and painted the sky with magical rainbows, which never fail to make me smile and look up in wonder. We all know the science, but nothing transcends the intrinsic beauty of rainbows.

Garden Orb Spider

On one of my trips to the gazebo I found this beautiful Garden Orb Spider. She had spun an intricate web across one corner and was hiding under a flap in the curtain I made to shade us from strong sunlight. Because I leave a little window open, she finds lots of insects to satisfy her hunger. Recently there have been Jenny-long-Legs, Harvestman Spiders, Flies and Wasps.

Summer Meadow Nasturtiums

On Sunday morning we awoke to our first frost of the Autumn. I am so glad I took this photograph the previous day, as, although the Nasturiums are sheltering against the barn, they will begin to wilt soon. I have gathered and already shared so many seeds from my Summer meadow with eager friends...Poppies, Nasturtiums, Cornflower, Corncockle, Cerinthe Major, Ox-Eye Daisies and many more.

Rose Arey Pond Lily

The longevity of the lilies is always a bonus, and, unless, the frosts come in quick succession, they will continue to bloom till early November, even though the leaves are displaying signs of their Autumn coats. The next job at the ponds will be to cut down the wilting leaves of Irises and Ranunculus.

Pink Phlox

Phlox is such a robust flower and very good for use in floral arrangements as it does not easily wilt. I planted a group of pink ones in a dark corner of the garden where they shine out like a beacon on moonlit evenings. They are also self-supporting and have a sweet perfume.

Rosa Glauca Rosehips

Now that we are into early autumn, it is wonderful to have so many different kinds of berries for the birds to eat. We have several species of Rowan trees - Cashmiriana, Chinese Lace, Joseph's Rock, Silver Sorbus and ten native Rowans - which are covered in white, yellow and red berries respectively. The branches of our Rugosas are heavy-laden with those wonderful tomato-shaped hips; the Rosa Moyseii is sporting a harvest of deep red flagon-shaped hips and there are lots of fruits on the honeysuckles.

Frost on Nasturtiums

It has been another wonderful Summer and now we can look forward to glorious Autumn colours beautifying the garden. The local farmer, who tills the field adjacent to Barleycorn, has just finished harvesting his barley, though the rain has prevented him from making roly-poly bales of straw for Winter bedding. Perhaps I will have footage of that next month in the Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness.

The first video this month is called September Song At Barleycorn. The accompanying music is Bailero, sung by Renee Fleming, from Songs of the Auvergne. Each month the videos are visual accounts of what is in bloom here in our garden.

The second video is called September Harvest. The accompanying music is Hoedown from Rodeo. I hope you enjoy them.


Babara said...

Your posts gives a slight feeling of farwell to summer flowers and welcoming (hopefully golden!) autumn. Here we have cooler days too and I am looking forward to less work in my garden :-) ! Unfortunately your video doesn't work (today?). I always like your arrangements with music which matches so perfectly.
Happy autumn!

Jeanne said...

How very lovely and beautful
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world God calls a butterfly.

Love Jeanne

Cheryl said...

Dear Wildlife Gardener......each season has a beauty of it's own.
You appear to have truly enjoyed your summer.....I sm glad that you have had your fair share of warmth.

These autumn days are full of magic, bring changing colours and touches of frost.

Happy autumn to you and yours.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

A double rainbow--how special! Did you make a wish? I am amazed at all the blooms you have in September--poppies, cornflowers, and phlox! The pond lily is beautiful with it's leaves tinged with a hint of autumn. I thought Bailero highlighted wonderfully all of Barleycorns beauty in September. Harvest is such a busy, special time filled with excitement--the fruition of Springtime's promise.

Linda May said...

Very pretty. I see a gentle winding down to the cooler seasons at your house.Do you do anything with the rose hips, make syrup? There are some that I pick and chew when they are ripe in the park at autumn.

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Ooh, a fuzzy caterpillar *and* a spider, what fun!! Plus a free rainbow. Nice!

Miranda Bell said...

Some beautiful photos of your garden at this time of year - I love your pink Phlox - do you know the variety - we have a few here but it's always nice to hear of new ones! Do hope you've had a good summer - it's been such a busy one here and v. dry and now the complete contrast of too wet! We're never happy are we? - take care Miranda x

Duxbury Ramblers said...

Well WG, another wonderful year (even with the rain) almost over, been good to share your garden - we can look forward to the colours of autumn and winter.

Sheila said...

How wonderful to see that you still have so much colour in the garden at Barleycorn. We have had a few light frosts, but nothing hard yet. The nasturtiums are lovely, they give so much colour and are so easy to grow. Not to mention seeds for next year.
Love to you and hubby.

Heidi said...

What a beautiful place you have, wonderful pictures and shots! Have a nice weekend!