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!
Monday, 7 October 2013
A grape surprise
I have a rather inquisitive robin who seems to have taken up residence - or rather assumed my garden as his territory - for the winter and is singing cheerfully at all times of the day and night and there are still plenty of blue tits enjoying nuts and seeds in spite of the many red kites soaring overhead with their funny mewing sort of cries. It was amusing to see the swifts that had deserted the garden months ago still doing their swooping and peeping in southern France and good to watch them in the sunshine with a beer in hand!
In spite of the sun we have had this year the dahlias are only just about coming in to flower so I doubt I will get to see what they all are this year. They have never been so late. This may be partly because they have been so over-shadowed as they have put on a spurt since my major pruning activities.
But I had one lovely surprise yesterday. When I went to pick a handful of blackberries and some late raspberries I noticed a few little bunches of grapes on the vine which grows against the outside of the greenhouse. They are usually pretty sour but I thought I may as well tasted one and they are delicious. I went on to pick about a pound of tiny, sweet grapes - my first vendange! It was a bit dark by then - as reflected in the picture!