We have passed the height of summer and now we are rolling steadily downhill towards winter. Still, the sun is hot and the bees and butterflies continue to drink nectar from the remaining flowers. The wasps however are confused by the scent of merlot in my glass.
With fewer insects to eat,
They focus on the picnic.
White, cotton wool clouds move slowly across the sky as I watch the oak tree lift its branches for the breeze.
Clouds move by,
As a breeze stirs the trees;
With only a little wind, the atmosphere is peaceful. The current troubles of humanity and the world seem far away, diminished, allowing the sounds from around the garden to soothe me.
Woodpigeons calling, sparrows cheeping, robins singing, martins twittering, starlings whistling, wrens scolding!
There are so many birds singing in the hedgerows, and from the garden itself, there is a quiet chorus of insects as they move among the flowers.
Like the clouds, the changing season drifts by, barely noticed.
42 thoughts on “Notes from the garden”
Sounds beautiful! ✨🌷✨🌈🌷🙋♀️
Thank you, Morag. 😊💐🙋♂️
“…confused by the scent of merlot…” ha I’ve never heard that in a sentence, before. I’ll have to use that with Marilyn. ha Wow, two hokku in one post…I didn’t know I could get so excited by poems. Thanks for the transplants! They’re excellent, Frax-sama!
Many thanks, Edo! Don’t drink too much, now, otherwise, the hokku won’t get transplanted. Cheers! 🍷🙋♂️
Nature out there is still beautiful and fragrant. I had a wasp coming for my tea today 🙂 I’m really enjoying the warmth still, no I really love it! Your post is beautifully written.
Many thanks, Ute, for your lovely comments. It is very warm here, close we say, with the possibility of thunder this evening 💐🙋♂️
Beautifully written, Ashley, I love wasps as you know!
I only dislike wasps when they build a nest right by the back door! Otherwise, they are very welcome in my garden. Thank you for visiting here 💐💖💝🙋♂️
You’ve evoked the calming sounds of nature in your garden beautifully. I could almost imagine myself there!
Thank you for your lovely comments. If you are ever over this way, you would be very welcome here 💐🙋♂️
Hey Ashley, this is great! Nature always seems to inspire great haiku!
Thanks, Mark, I try to write only in the current season and that helps to keep me focused on the natural world and Mother Earth. 🙋♂️
I LOVE 💗 the changing season!!!
I can feel more amazingly of the nature😍🌼💕
Thanks for sharing your surroundings, enjoy the very last summer and Autumn arriving time 😊🐝🌾🍃🍂🍁🍄🌙
Thank you for your lovely comments. I try to follow the seasons with my writing, soon it will be the autumn equinox and there will be another shift in the earth’s energies. Mahalo 💐💖🐟🙋♂️
This was beautiful to read, Ashley. It was like a meditation.
Dear Lesley, thank you for your wonderful comments 💐💐🤗🙋♂️
Wow, were you trying to be poetic throughout the entire post, or does it just come naturally, Ashley? This was a delight to read! 🌞
Goodness, Lisa! There are times when I’m writing it feels like it will never come together and even if I publish it, like this page, I’m never sure it’s complete! Thank you, dear friend, for your lovely encouraging words. 💐💐🤗🙋♂️
You paint some lovelyand serene images with your words and pictures – wonderful!
Thank you for your lovely comments 💐🙋♂️
So relaxing! I would like some of that pleasant garden juice, too, please.
Dear Micah, it doesn’t last long. Already the evenings feel cooler and it has been raining more often, a soft rain at the minute! We’re already checking our wardrobe for winter clothes, well my wife is! 😂 We’ve also had a couple of casseroles recently; that should tell you something about living in northern climes! Keep well. Say Hi to Marcus 🙋♂️
It felt like a virtual tour. Beautifully written. Love it!!!!
Thank you for your wonderful comment! 🙋♂️
How lucky to live the change of season in nature, I live in the middle of the city and instead of birds I hear the cars.
Dear Júlia, there must be a park or some big gardens that you can visit; you can always watch nature there. 💐💐🙋♂️
Such a sweet description. I can imagine being right there with you! Hope your fall is being enjoyable!
Thanks, Katelon, for your lovely comments. Hoping your autumn is a happy one. Keep well 💐🙋♂️
The early autumn has a very special atmosphere. Ashley, you found exactly the right words to describe this mood. Yes, the sun is still warm, but it is closer to the horizon and the shadows have been longer.
Ashley, I wish you all the best! ❤️
Rosie from Germany
Thanks, Rosie, for your lovely comments. It is a special time, full of colour and bounty. Happy weekend 💐🙋♂️
Love your pictures and thoughts on autumn!
Many thanks, M, happy to meet you here! Enjoy what’s left of your weekend 😊💐🙋♂️
Same here and same to you! It’s been a beautiful sunny October day, have been enjoying the day on the balcony … all too soon it will be rainy and foggy again, which also has its charms … looking forward to your next pics and posts!
October’s gloom when I catch up with this, and already looking back on September with fondness. It seems to have been a year for wasps.
Michael, thank you for your comments. I didn’t see many more wasps than usual here but then we seem to be losing so many insects. I record butterflies in the garden and certainly, there have been fewer of them this year! Thank you for your visit here. 🙋♂️
I am not sure your posts have appeared in my reader, so definitely missed this one. September seems a long time ago now. Lots of Autumn leaves around. Still a few insects buzzing around the Ivy flowers.
You’ll just have to press that “follow” icon again 🤣 but it does seem a long time ago! The season is changing slowly and the little garden birds are constantly at the feeders! The feeders need refilling more quickly than usual and today it is very definitely colder, with a real chill in the air! Lovely to hear from you 😊🙋♂️
Sometimes I stare at the clouds. They’re so beautiful with the light and the grey around. It seems that this vision would be a wonderful conversation with God. And all that light seems a word of God for me. I look at the sky, sitten with my dog besides of me, and wonder why we all see the same sky and we’re so different inside. Ithink all people should be united. No religion, no politic, no states, only peace and serenity. Love for you 🌹🌺💐🌸🌼🌻
Thank you for your lovely comment and for visiting my blog! Yes, we are all connected in every way. The sky, the sea and of course the earth beneath our feet. It is wonderful to realise that we are all made from the same things, stardust 💐🎋💖🥰🙋♂️