End of summer, autumn has already begun and there is not much time left for the garden to wrap its self up ready for winter. Here in our little hamlet in South West of France here is how, a few pictures about how nature casually prepares for winter.
Here is the perfect contrast between the falling lime tree leaves and the evergreen ground cover ivy
|Lime leaves on ivy|
|giant fern and its stunning fronzes|
Oh, who doesn't like wild blackberries? this picture was taken on one of my walks around the hamlet, they were desperate for sunshine so they pocked out through the dense holly hedge, just stunning and they will serve the birds well as winter aproached and food becomes scarce.
|wild blackberries in a holly hedge|
|Mix of tree leaves on the side of the road|
|Conifers hanging on the edge of this eroded land, in La Trambalade|
|ever green moss|
|seeding before winter|
We didn't have much rain this summer but recently we had a really bad thunderstorm and lightning, yes scary stuff! It left some damage in its way as you will see in the pictures.
|tree hit by lightning|
|Apple slowly drying out on the branch|
Ancient oak barn doors, fairly damage by time and weather but whoever said that aged oak is as strong as steel didn't lie. Overtaken by vegetation and ivy, these doors are full of character
|Door to the underworld :)|