Now that I have accepted that summer is really over, having never seriously arrived, I am beginning to embrace this autumn malarkey. Especially on such a gloriously sunny day. There are exciting changes in the garden, rather like springtime in reverse. Which I suppose it is. A week between visits to The Farm means that there is a lot of new to observe. Flower production is noticeably slowing as is weed growth, but leaf turning and seed development is making up for this diminishing. Today I collected some Leonotis nepetifolia seed. In the few seed heads I collected there were earwigs, tiny flies and beetles. In my struggle to release them back to safety I realised that it is not just birds that benefit from postponing tidying until the spring.
These Helenium ‘Red Shades’ have now shed their pollinator-enticing, colourful skirts. The warm sun will have been ripening their seed on this beautiful day. I will be watching. They are next on my donor list.