Each year underneath the red maple a carpet of dainty white and pinky-purple cyclamen pop up and we know we're into autumn.
Carpet under the red maple tree
At first they were a bit patchy due to the very dry weather we had in July and August. Now that we have had some rain, more and more of these delicate looking flowers have emerged.
White cyclamen .....
Neither of us have ever liked cyclamen as house plants. However, this small woodland version is lovely and we look forward to seeing them each year.
... and pinky-purple ones
We've picked our peaches, a few are a little green, but we've sat them on newspaper to ripen over the next few days and then we'll turn them into spiced peach jam. This year our little peche de vigne gave us about 25 fruits. The 5 Melrose apples -- our pride -- are looking excellent and we think we'll be picking them next week. It should take all of a minute!
Nibbled by something
Finally, the walnuts are dropping from the trees. However, this year, in contrast to previous ones, we are having to battle with the red squirrels. They are eating them like there's no tomorrow! Every time either of us spots what we think is a good one, we find a neat hole gnawed through the shell and the nut long gone! Do they know something we don't?