I was concerned we might have a frost this morning - it was so clear last night. But it's just chilly and very windy. The wind has blown almost all the petals off my herbaceous clematis and it looks set to do a lot worse today - everything is thrashing around rather unsettlingly!
Mid-week's sunshine must have helped warm some of the seeds I planted in the greenhouse into germination as there are tiny green specks showing and the rhodochiton and clematis seedlings seem to have put on a spurt of growth.
The first - maybe the only! - flower on my cup and saucer plant (cobea scandens) has now turned its beautiful purple colour. As I tried quite hard with it this year I am concluding that its east wall positioning isn't allowing it enough sunlight. What a pity! It's such a fun plant I must have a go with it somewhere sunnier. More flowers are coming on the eccremocarpus - so hope they manage a little flourish before the frosts come. Another lesson there - to plant them earlier next year.
Collected another small cache of cob nuts yesterday. Something has evidently eaten some (will try and identify what from shell remains) and there are doubtless going to be a few more seedlings in due course. I am keeping one or 2 in case I have to replace this tree as it's growing at such a pace.
The autumn raspberries are making many more buds and I picked a small handful of fruit to add to my cereal today. They are big, round juicy fruit, quite different from earlier season ones.
Just had a visit from a collection of great tits, blue tits and greenfinches - even saw a great tit on the bird feeder with a greenfinch. Unusual as greenfinches are usually such bullies.
Small Garden Story
Over some 15 + years, I have been photographing the evolution of my small (85 x 15 foot) garden and it seems a waste not to put these records into some sort of context. Beginning here in April 2010 this Blog is intended to both act as a diary and to share past and present successes (and some failures), pleasures and disappointments with fellow garden-lovers. In due course, I intend to fill in some of the background and early days but that will have to wait until the winter months!