Sadly, we are back to the time of year when I only get to see the garden at weekends and there has been a definite change towards autumn in the past week. The amelanchier has begun to shed its leaves and the acer is turning. Everything is just beginning to look a bit messy. I so hope the promised sunshine materialises so that the grass dries out enough to cut. That always tidies things up!
But there are still little surprises. The autumn raspberries are putting on quite a crop although the rain has turned them mildewy before I could get to them. My growbags in the greenhouse are full of little seedlings of lambs lettuce, American land cress, rocket and leaf coriander (cilantro) - exciting! Must remember to get more perpetual spinach to plant outside before it gets too cold - such a worthwhile veg..
My tulip bulb order arrived from Parkers last week- plenty of work to look forward to there. Lovely bulbs. I am impressed with Parkers.
The dahlias are still going strong, the rather strange buds of nerines are pushing their way through, the autumn crocuses and Japanese anemones are in bloom and a few stems of late aconitum have flowers for about the first time so I'm glad I didn't dig them up last year.
Today I picked a tiny bunch of delicious-smelling sweet pea mattucana and nasturtiums including a gorgeous rust-coloured one. Also despatched another 3 lily beetles and missed one. They are certainly prolific.
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!