Here we had a lovely warm sunny day, better that most of the days we had in August. The warmer temperatures the last week have finally brought out the asters which were stubbornly refusing to flower.
The first is a pink one. Not many flowers but the poor thing is living in a pot waiting for a nice bed to find a home in. I think I have the place now – not sure if it would be best planted out once it has finshed flowering or to wait till the spring.
2. A purple aster with smaller flowers. This one at least is in a flower bed.
3. Next this week is a late flowering opium poppy with a common carder bee.
4. A bit of a caterpillar infestation on the ragged jack kale!
5. A marrow that will hopefully make its way to be chutney with some of the green tomatoes in the greenhouse.
6. And finally this week I just liked this pattern on a beetroot we had for dinner so I thought I would share it.
We had a lovely bright October morning this morning and I got time to do a few gardening jobs, though I am well behind.
My asters are both flowering. One is in a pot and the other hidden by some other plants but they are lovely shades of purple and pink. I had bought them as a late pollinator plants but the few bees that are still about are ignoring them, and using the comfrey instead.
2. Aronia is at its best colour now, the only pity is that these beautiful red leaves fall quickly. We have no fruit on these this year – the first year they have failed to fruit. So the blackbirds are probably disappointed as they usually consume most of them!
3. Despite my earlier pessimism the squash and pumpkin have got to a good size. The biggest pumpkin is huge, but there are four others which are the perfect size for carving. The squash of which there are three and about football size, so quite happy with that, though no where near my best squash year, it is better than last year.
4. Ragged Jack kale is one of those plants that seem to thrive in our climate. I allow them to self seed and we have plenty. The chicks are enjoying them too.
Ragged Jack kale
5. This lupin self seeded itself on the patio, and it is flowering now!!
6. Oxalis – this hasn’t flowered for a couple of years, but the leaves still come up and are very pretty.