There is that feeling of autumn, particularly today as it is raining, but the garden has been so dry that it is good to get some rain. There are a couple of little areas that I am particularly enjoying at the moment. Above is my collection of cyclamen hederifolium, with their dainty pink flowers and marbled leaves. Two of these I rescued as they had self seeded and started growing in cracks between the patio paving. They would have been walked on, so I had to intervene and they have rewarded me by flowering.
They are such little beauties, aren't they? They are on the patio at the back, in a nice shady area.
In a complete contrast, here are some bigger treasures to enjoy. Helianthus Lemon Queen (perennial sunflower) which is bringing a touch of sunshine despite the clouds. It can be a bit invasive, but it has to compete with asters and a rose, so it is kept under control. I think the rose is winning at the moment!
It has such bright and cheerful flowers.
They make me smile (and the insects really like them too).