It’s now late October, and autumn has well and truly arrived here in our corner of Auvergne. There are a lot of mushrooms springing up in the garden, as well as the surrounding woodland, and a correspondingly large number of locals gathering them. I’m not sure that the ones pictured above are good for eating (in fact I very much doubt that they are), but they do look rather lovely.
We’re still getting little late fruit from the strawberries, but I think the autumn fruiting raspberries are going to come to nothing this year. They’re very late, following the extremely hot, dry summer, and I don’t think they’ll have the chance to ripen now. Better luck next year, I hope. The borlotti beans have done OK though.
We still have a lot of colour from various flowers, wild and cultivated, including the calendula which have now self seeded all over the garden after I grew some from seed two years ago.
It’s good to see that we’re still providing a food source for bees and other insects. This is especially important at this time of year, which is why I’m so pleased to see so many late-flowering plants. They’ll keep going until the first hards frosts, which I hope won’t be for another few weeks yet. It’s my favourite time of year, and I’d like to enjoy it for just a little longer if possible.