The partying has been going on around the clock for a few days now, with most of it taking place in and around this humble little, easy to grow plant…the Nasturtium!
Bees and Caterpillars are stocking up on the end of season glut, before the first frost descends, as surely it will this week!
Once the frost comes then the Nasturtiums will die off completely as they appear to melt in the extreme cold!
And, in the meantime, these beautiful Caterpillars eat their way to transformation, as Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies! The rain has fallen steadily for several days now, filling containers all over the gardens.
These shallow containers with rims, are essential for bees to drink from, as many die struggling to climb out from water barrels.
They are also quite beautiful, in that they pull the sky into them, creating magical light in dark areas of undergrowth, like here.
Whether on the ground or, as here, in trees, little areas of water are welcome feeding stations for small wildlife.
This Virginia Creeper stays for much of the year, unnoticed, as it spreads its tendrils through the Rose Arch, only to dance out onto the stage as the curtain falls!
Even the Lemon trees are coming up!
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