September began with a couple of fabulous warm and sunny days, before heavy rain and cloudy skies returned. The first 2 days saw the annual Welsh fifteen moment exceeded when the garden was filled with over a hundred pristine butterflies, on Buddleia, Eupatorium maculatum and just opening Sedum specatbile “Autumn Joy”/ Herbstfreude.4 days then passed before even a glimpse of sun returned… But the weather settled down again with some lovely dry warm days, morning mists and even on the 14th temperatures hitting 26 degrees C on a day I took myself off for a manual scything course, with Philip Batten at Scythe Cymru…A year of exceptional grass growth meant that our lower fields were inadequately grazed, so many areas needed late cutting to continue the good progress to greater floral diversity… (Lower meadows in July 2016, above)
And raking off, which is less fun and frankly hard work, resulting in a series of yurt like hay ricks being produced – some of the drier ones having fodder potential, the wetter ones being left open to heat up and rot down. I have a plan for these next year…Through mid to late September we had many glorious sunrises, and the annual crop of fabulous spider’s webs to marvel at … … And the second sighting of a ruby-tailed wasp, on the wooden terrace table… Before heavy rains began to limit outdoor activity during the last week of what turned into a very pleasant first month of the autumn. Monthly rainfall was 173.5 mm, which was slightly above average for this month here. However the PV output showed just how gloomy the light generally was – nearly 20% last than in 2015.
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