the advance of autumn


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.

5 thoughts on “the advance of autumn

  1. Those mushrooms are really beautiful, I’ve never seen any like that near here. I think I have some Calendula coming up a bit late from a packet of Maya the Bee seeds. I bordered the vegetable garden with French Marigolds this year and the colour looked great but they are not great for the bees. Have you noticed a lot of activity on the Calendula because I was thinking about changing to a border of Calendula for next year? The French Marigolds are supposed to keep white fly off the tomatoes. Amelia

  2. Our calendula attract loads of insects, and they’re good in that they keep on flowering right through to the first heavy frosts. They also self-seed abundantly.
    The fungi were exposed when when shifted a load of logs for splitting – I’ve never seen anything like them before either.

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