Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Last of the Autumn Wine

Making the most of the last few days of this amber coloured autumnal sunshine the garden is hanging on to the last of its flowers, I don't want it to end, but end it will - and then the garden it will go into hibernation biding its time before springing into life again in a few months.
Yesterday the weather was really blowy, a warm wind that has dried the soil out even more, so I decided to spend some time in the greenhouse, clearing up and clearing out.  I checked through the stored apples and ditched those that had gone bad and did the same with the onions - a few had gone rotten.  Then I potted up cuttings in to bigger pots sage and lavender and anthemis plus some replacement Hebes that I had bought (I had said that I wouldn't have them in the garden any more) but I couldn't resist when I saw four different coloured ones on sale, but I will keep them in the greenhouse till spring, just in case.

Over the summer the greenhouse seems to get full of all sorts of things that shouldn't really be there, so that is my next job - clearing out under the bench, buckets, fleece, plastic milk bottles that I have stored comfrey juice in etc.  And, lastly, I am going to bring my container herbs in - if the weather turns like the forecasters say it will, then these jobs need to be done fairly soon.

Looking out of the window this morning though, it is still fine and sunny and the wind has gone - plenty to do  still, all the things I was hoping to get done during the last week still haven't been done as it has been too hot to work outside doing physical jobs, for me anyway.  Perhaps I should make a list, then I would get the satisfaction of ticking them off, one by one - on the other hand, seeing  everything that needs tackling might overwhelm me, and I'll just say blow it and not do anything.


  1. Those blues and hot pinks are just stunning together. Your garden is 'going out with a bang.'

  2. Hi Elaine, Like Diane, I admire all the pretty blues in your garden. I too find that there is suddenly a lot of work to do in the garden. There are bulbs to go in, plants to be deadheaded and others to be protected from the coming frosts.

  3. Your garden is so beautiful. It looks like the weather has turned here in Wales today. Its quite cool which was a bit of a shock when I put the washing out this morning. Could have done with a jumper.

  4. I'm cross that just at the time of year when I usually come alive - mists and mellow fruitfulness and all that . . . summer decides to hang in. I'm longing for winds and rain.

    Jealous of your blues. Haven't ever managed to protect asters (whether tall or short) from slugs.

  5. I think you'll be betting your wish Esther with the weather on the turn. I didn't realise that slugs went for Asters, will have to keep an eye out.

    Wellywoman - it has been warm and windy here today it's a shame that its all change from here on in, I have enjoyed this last burst of good weather. Oh well!

    threedogsinagarden - I am gradually ticking off the jobs to be done still plenty more though.

    Thanks Diane - don't know how much longer the colour will last though.

  6. It's still looking really good!
    As there's always jobs to do I don't make a list. Flighty xx