Last day of October and there was so much going on outside.
Though the nasturtium foliage has been shredded by the voracious cabbage white caterpillars, their flowers are still brilliant, bringing bees and hover flies to my door.
Common carder bee on nasturtium flower
This brilliance extends through the garden and the shadows thrown by the low sun only seem to enhance it – bright yellow fig leaves, butter and pink coral bark maple, rust and vermillion and yellow grape, gold and orange nine bark.
Delicate pinks come from Nerine, Schizostylis and Cyclamen, Viburnum tinus and x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ and an unknown hydrangea. Deeper pinks from Telephium ‘Autumn Joy’ and Schizostylis coccinea.
The garden spider keeps on spinning – maybe she knows its hallowe’en.