You can’t really tell from the pictures but it has been raining for almost every day in August. We have not spent as much time as we would have liked in the garden and it is now quite overgrown with shrubs and perennial plants spilling out across the paths in many places.
The land has not suffered one bit though and perhaps even the opposite is true. The wilder the garden gets the more wildlife it seems to attract and we were happy to spot the caterpillar of the intriguing Elephant Hawkmoth making its way leisurely across the grass in the middle of the month.
Today we saw a lovely Speckled Wood Butterfly and it was happy to pose for a close up shot.
Every year we are bowled over by the generosity of nature and this year is no exception. Our red filberts are closely related to the common hazelnut tree and this year we have a lovely crop of nuts maturing. They should be all ripe by the end of September.
The annual patch of vegetables is full of courgettes, beans, kale and cabbage and in the poly-tunnel in the community garden we are harvesting tomatoes and tomatillos.
The blueberries are quite blue but for a real visual feast we like to look upon the sea holly, slightly metallic in appearance and with great spikes it looks almost as if from another world.
Around our main circle, growth has been great this year and many of our trees are now well above head height. We are particularly happy with the Carolina Allspice tree that we planted in the spring and that now has beautiful red flowers. When it is mature the bark can be used as a spice in a similar way to Cinnamon.
The nights are drawing in and we look forward to keep harvesting food for another while and after that to the stillness that comes to the land as the growing season winds down. We appreciate every season but our favorite time is perhaps when leaves fall and flowers disintegrate. There can be no rebirth in spring without plants withering and fading in the autumn.