Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Summer is slowly drifting by.......

Another hot day but the rain refreshed the garden and everything looks a lot happier.....
So many of the flowers are fading and I struggle to find something new or exciting to post....
The purple loosestrife has brought in bees and butterflies in huge numbers........
this afternoon the blooms were absolutely covered in bees, butterflies and hoverflies.......
Is it me or has spring and summer gone so swiftly.....I can remember reading posts on other blogs.....
the anticipation of summer and what was to come.....everyone working away, waiting for their prize blooms to display on their blogs

and here we are nearly into August..........
I love autumn....and so enjoy the pathway to her..........BUT
when the bees start to slowly disappear they take a little bit of me with them.......
they have finished their work in the garden..........and apart from the queen, none will survive the winter.....
For me this time is always tinged with slight sadness............


19 comments:

Dawny P said...

I know what you mean Cheryl - the cycle of nature can be quite sad at times, I think. But then again mother nature gives us the joys of spring so she isnt all bad!!! I am struggling to keep the pots and baskets looking nice now as things start to die off in them. Hope you are well and that yo had a good day xxxx

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Now don't be sad. You have provided the bees with a lovely sanctuary and they are thriving. You can't bee too sad about natures way. There must be a reason. Even if we don't understand.

Rose said...

Your purple loosestrife is beautiful. I wonder if it is the same plant we are discouraged from planting here because it is so invasive. I can see why someone would want to plant it, though. It makes a beautiful backdrop for the butterflies and bees.

I know what you mean about the end of summer. I always got a little depressed at the beginning of August, because it always meant I had just a few more weeks until school, i.e. work, began once again. August doesn't bother me so much anymore:) But this summer has certainly gone by quickly.

ChrisND said...

We get so involved with our favorites that the cycle of things really effects us...at least we find comfort that it is a cycle and things will return. That and things like autumn leaves draw new interests.

I guess this time of the season is another pause...with all the blogs out there I have noticed these little breaks a lot more. It's interesting to see who is pausing when.

Cheryl said...

Hi Dawny........I think it is a struggle to keep things looking good....most have given their all and are fading fast......

I think I might be suffering with a little bit of melancholy....

Cheryl said...

Thank you Lisa that is just what I needed someone just to tell me how it is...

Cheryl said...

Hi Rose......purple loosestrife is certainly invasive.......it has reseeded all over my garden....I do keep it under control, and leave it planted in drifts....lovely.....

Casey said...

I love it when it rains because I feel guilty whenever I'm not outside enjoying nature. (My dog, however, hates the thunder.) But Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love when the leaves change color and all the cider mills open up. I'll bet your part of the world is just beautiful in the Fall!

rusty in miami said...

Lovely pictures, for me is different I can’t wait for the summer to end so I can reclaim my garden and spend more time outdoors.

Wendy said...

Oh, don't be sad yet! We still have August. I always console myself with August once July fades away. July is my favourite month. My favourite seaseon. And I want it to last forever.
Your pics are so vibrant - full of colour and life. You will always find something good to photograph in your garden.
Blessed Bee

Baker Watson said...

Cheryl,

I know how you feel. I'm already thinking about the fact that before long my dragonfly and damselfly friends will be disappearing. And soon after the activity at the pond will slow down for fall and winter. Luckily our winters do not get too bad normally so there will be some opportunities to visit and observe the winter stages of the pond and its wildlife.

I'm trying to save some of my photo's for that period so I can bring back and share a bit of summer during the cold months of winter.

Baker

Cheryl said...

Hi Chris yes you are right....I get so involved with nature I find that things most certainly affect me.....and I must say I love the change in my emothions....I am someone who lives to feel.....

I to have noticed the cycles in blogging....interesting....

Cheryl said...

Hi Casey....for me there is nowhere in the world like England in the autumn.....the colours take your breath away and the mists hanging over the fields leave the land with a mellow feel....I cannot wait......

Cheryl said...

Hi Wendy....no you are right, I should not be sad, perhaps it is more a feeling of melancholy.....I just miss the sound of the bees in the garden but then autumn arrives and she is the season that touches my heart....I look forward to greeting her.....

beckie said...

Have I told you how much I enjoy your header and the sidebar pictures. They are wonderful. As are your butterflies and bees today. I didn't know all but the queen died-how sad. You are right about summer passing so quickly. It seems as if we have been so busy this year that time has just disappeared. fall is my favorite time of the year too. Cool nights-sitting around a bondfire. Warm days with soft breezes. The smell of fall in the air. Yes fall is a good time for me.

Cheryl said...

Hi Baker....I am glad that I am not alone in my feelings....it is good to know I have a kindred spirit.....

Cheryl said...

Beckie.....you and I are one....I was sitting around that bonfire with you and just enjoying autumn..

Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
I am outside as much as possible too. I want to spend as much time as possible with the bees and the butterflies. August is the half way point for me and my gardens. Our first frost is around the first of November. I also miss the bees in the winter. The birds get me through every year!
We will dance in the Autumn bonfires and remember the beauty of summer.
Goodbye July!
Hugs,
Sherry

Cheryl said...

We will Sherry....the beauty of the summer will never leave us....autumn will bring its own beauty....it will be ajoy to share it with you.....