Sunset, bees in December, sunrise

DSCN8698DSCN8718 DSCN8706 DSCN8708Truly there are bees (look harder), but my photography is a bit challenged.

A couple of mornings ago, I was making our pre-getting up pot of tea, when my husband called out ‘look out of the window!’. I did, tied my dressing gown, then grabbed a camera and went out of the back door for this shot – facing East.DSCN8711 Then, devoutly hoping the paper boy would not appear at that moment, I went out of the front door for this gentler western one.DSCN8715 Today I saw that the iris stylosa (or unguicularis), are going for broke. Winter?DSCN8716_2

The joys of leaf mould and November blooms.

I have spent the last thirty years trying to get some substance and water retention into our dry sandy soil. A few years ago I try to make leaf mould in old compost bags. I checked the bags at 6 months, 1 year, 18 months…  and found… a pile of soggy leaves.

Yet I still felt that autumn leaves were too precious to put in the municipal compost bins. So I netted off an area under the trees at the back of the garden and just threw leaves in there… and there they stayed year after year looking like dead leaves.DSCN8634

Then a couple of years ago I was clearing a corner by the water butts DSCN8638
and found the original bags full of… leaf mould! This year my husband pointed out that the area I had neIMG_1297tted off had… turned into leaf mould. I found another log and ivy-infested area between the trees at the back of the garden.


And,  with the help of a robin or two (he’s in there somewhere) I cleared this, netted it,DSCN8648  IMG_1278and filled it with leaves. All I have to do now is wait for five years…IMG_1299And this is where the hedgehog may be about to hibernate (he is still feeding) DSCN8639 After all those unexciting images here are some November blooms. DSCN8673 DSCN8677 DSCN8684 DSCN8686