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.
Thank you to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.
This week in the garden, the first cherry tomatoes…….
Last few days have been damp, with plenty rain and falling temperatures. Not sure if we will have enough heat left int he summer to get any decent pumpkins and squashes, which are still very small.
Earlier in the season I had scattered the remains of a wildflower seed packet on a bed and some lovely (rainsoaked) cornflowers came through.
And some pot marigolds. These used to seed themselves all over the vegetable patch but I will have to sow some for next year as I only have the odd plant now.
Also self-seeded is this chicory plant in the poly tunnel. I just love these lovely blue flowers.
And finally, also self-seeded this time among the leek plants are these red veined sorrel plants. They are a nice addition to the salad bowl if harvested young.
Thanks to The Propagator for hosting “Six on Saturday”.
I do need a bit more late summer colour, but there are still a few things flowering in the garden.
1. American elder flowers later than our native elder so rarely produces fruit. It smells lovely though.
2. Finally some cosmos flowers. Not as many this year as previous years as I had poor germination, but always great for colour.
3. Soapwort, as name suggests can be used to make a soap substitute. Bees like the pretty pick flowers too.
4. Astilbes – I divided this plant last year and the one in the new bed is doing much better.
5. First courgette!
6. And nasturtiums, with a bee!
That this week’s Six in Saturday. Thanks to The Propagator for hosting.