Finally some respite from the rain. Temperatures though remain exceptionally mild for October. Thank you to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.
First this week a Hawthorn shieldbug – not that well camouflaged against the reddening leaves.
We are still getting some autumn raspberries – though the wet weather of the last three days has made them pretty squishy. Maybe able to harvest a few more this weekend as weather dries up a bit.
Not such good crop from the apples this year, and those few that are there, are being attacked by birds. Picked six good ones from the Pixie apple though.
Some hazel nuts too.
There hasn’t been great germination of the winter lettuce.
But I am holding out for these brussels spouts to fill out for Christmas!
The weather continues cold, with low night temperatures close to freezing. However, there are a few leaves left to enjoy.
- Crab apple. Usually this tree is loaded with red / yellow crab apples but there were none this year due to late frost. Still the leaves are beautiful.
Crab apple leaf
2. Hazel catkins
3. Highbush cranberry, Viburnum opulus, is not a true cranberry. The fruits are very acidic and are said to taste like cranberries, but I did not find them very palatable.
4. Some birches are still clinging onto the last of their leaves.
5. Though many trees are like this hazel, devoid of any leaves. Still there is something beautiful about bare branches of trees against the sky.
6. Wood for the fire – so important on these dark cold nights.
Thank you to The Propagator for hosting – Six on Saturday