The weather is being very British right now. We have warm days and cooler nights, the tail end of someone’s hurricane has swept through, but today is calm and warm again, and the plentiful sunshine is being put to work ripening the apples and the tomatoes. There are so many late flowers full of nectar that on a warm morning the garden is humming with all sorts of wild bees and a few from local hives I imagine.
This year I grew some nicotiana from seed and the bees have been very appreciative. They are also fond of the thuggish yellow clematis which is trying to strangle my rowan tree.
There are lots of other lovely flowers to enjoy at this time of year, leycesteria formosa, Japanese anenomes, lavenders still blooming, and the perennial sweet peas dancing through everywhere, I’m still picking a few beans and the herbs are all delicious right now too.
For the first time this ornamental tree has masses of funny little purple crab apples, barely bigger than my thunbnail. I don’t know if I could turn them into purple crab apple jelly, I might get a couple of cups from the tree if I try to pick them.