Two weeks ago, the bank holiday weekend was hot and sunny. It seems a long time ago now and the weather has changed rapidly. Yesterday was cold and autumnal, with heavy rain showers. Today it has been bright but windy. Autumn is definitely just round the corner. The garden is taking on its late summer colour with the Japanese anemones - Bressingham Glow above...
...and Bowles' Pink here.
This Japanese Anemone is Pretty Lady Maria.
The hydrangeas are gently fading into their old velvet colours. Dark Angel is above...
...and Coco or Fireworks (not sure which) is here.
The Asters September Ruby and Little Carlow seem to be quite early but make a lovely colourful combination with Helianthus Lemon Queen. All these plants are much happier since the wall has been built and without the five foot of ivy which (unfortunately for them) shaded them so effectively.
Rose New Dawn is flowering well again. We are going to give it a new metal support this winter, which will create an arch over the path. I think it will look lovely.
This morning, I was taking the photos above and was lucky enough to just be in the right place at the right time to see this Red Admiral enjoying the buddleia.
I haven't seen many butterflies this summer, except for the odd cabbage white, so was really pleased to see this one, making the most of the nectar.
A few more sunny days like today would be most welcome (for all of us, flora and fauna alike!)