It's looking a little overgrown, with plants leaning on one another for support.
It's due for a severe pruning this year, but I won't touch anything that's still flowering for a while yet. I know that these late flowers provide vital food for bees and other insects, and since I maintain my garden primarily with wildlife in mind, I'll leave them for as long as possible.
I like the wild look: plants weaving through and tumbling over one another. I find it beautiful.
I've spent an hour or so out here today, watching the light turn everything golden as the sun moves us towards dusk. It looks like a painting - impossible to fully capture with my amateur photography skills, but I'll try.
A fungus village? Fairy houses?
|A fairy semi-circle?|
|The grapevine, neglected and overgrown, nonetheless produced grapes this year.|
Unfortunately we left it too late to pick them.
|Reaching for the sun.|
|Sedum Spectabile - ice plant - excellent for wildlife gardens; late-flowering and easy to grow.|
|A gift from a neighbour. Newly planted with pretty pink flowers.|
|Nepeta - Catnip.|
|So many pretty spiders...|
|Chives, flowering again after being cut back several weeks ago.|
|Only three or four apples on our tree this year.|
|Next door's did somewhat better! Happily, our neighbours like to share their fruit!|
|Blue skies - nearly sunset.|
|A variety of mints.|
|The last few Comfrey flowers, beloved of bees.|
|The pond. Frogbit and Water Iris. And too much duckweed.|
|Creeping around by the pond.|
|Pot of forget-me-nots. Winter heliotrope, trying to take over.|
|The Bear, keeping me company.|
|A self-seeded poppy, wrapping its head around the tea table.|
|Nasturtiums. Self-seeded and edible. Deliciously spicy!|
|Last warm glow.|
These photos were taken on Sunday. By Thursday, those fungi had grown!
I'm not foolish enough to assume that I know what species they are, but I might look them up, just for fun.