It is Changing….. but slowly


Chinese Lanterns….

It is that time in the seasons when the fade of Summer and the arrival of Autumn quickens. Various plants are indicators of the change and one of my favourites is the arrival of the Chinese Lanterns.

Now to save you the trouble of Googling the botanical name, I did that for you. It is Physalis Alkekengi, they also have other common names such as Winter Cherry, Strawberry Ground Cherry and of course Japanese Lanterns. They are part of the Nightshade family.

I also have to own up. These are in a neighbours garden and do well, sadly they don’t flourish in our patch.

The Rudbeckia flowers are now starting to droop and fall…. still only a slow change but a change none the less leaving some seeds for insects and birds in the tougher autumn months to come. Till they vanish they are still a yellow beacon in a dark corner.

The heavy rains that were forecast were not as sever as predicted, still heavy enough to make the Dahlia flop and look rather sad.


The weather is bound to be less predictable over the coming weeks, at times it will bring some extremes. Just how sever will determine the strength and length of the coming autumn. We will have to wait and see.

Seasons and weather change….. but we still need to…

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

27th September

(C) David Oakes 2021