The season is truly winding down and we are getting the beds ready for the winter. The spuds will go in this bed next season. The green top layer are leaves from Crocosmia lucifer. We are beginning to harvest the summer leeks. Here you can see three specimens--you can see that one of the three leeks have a length of white that is almost twice the length of the other two. I tried using a a cardboard tube that was the centre of the paper towel roll which I slipped over the foliage and pushed it further into the ground. See this foto: Why did I do this? Well, because we use the white part of the stem to eat and the green leaves is too tough. The harvesting was done, but this trug had had a "harvest" of something else . New haircutting tools. Is there anything that my Bride CAN'T do?! Then there was this--One of our courgette plants began to develop this: Here is a close-up: Just look at all those buds forming. I wonder if they are all male blooms...that would be a pity; however, if even half of them are female we will have an enormous harvest ! Well, many of the veggies are ending their production, but one thing is just beginning and that is the Clematis terniflora. I have them is several places because I like looking at them, their fragrance is divine and the pollinates love them as well. You may recall that a while ago I was planning to make a new queen in a hive that had lost its queen, presumably because of old age. So then, I placed a frame in this queenless colony and they made a queen cell. It was too late in the season to let the larvae develop further...this means that should the larvar develop into a queen she could not be fertilized as there are no more drones left. The consequence of this is that she could not lay any eggs to make winter bees, and the ones remaining in the colony now will certainly be dead is a couple of weeks. The colony would cease to exist. Well, when we opened the hive to unite the new colony and the old one, I discovered that there was a new queen present and not only that...but she had begun laying. I decided to leave her alone, as she seemed to be functioning well and just kept the new little colony. Here a pic: Here is something else entirely.... One day our apartment building had a strange guest: A closer look shows that it was a peacock !