October has been a lovely warm month, I think I read somewhere that it’s been the warmest for seven years, but suddenly this last weekend it changed and now we know that winter is on its way, but until then let’s hope for some more clear and crisp autumnal days. There’s only been a bit of pottering in the garden this month and we’ve yet to put the garden to bed for the year, covering up tables and chairs and moving pots into more sheltered places but I’m hoping that the weather will continue to be kind and we’ll have some time to do that before winter really kicks in.
The garden manages quite well without us and during that time pottering I grabbed some snaps too. This year the cyclamen arrived early, but they’ve also put on many more leaves than I’ve noticed before, so I’m hoping that means lots more cyclamen over the winter and in years to come.
Our agapanthus have had a quieter year this year, with only three or so flowers. The seed heads are dropping off now but the structure of the head remains, for now. I’ll need to cut the stems soon so that the plants can regenerate and provide plenty more flowers next year. We lost a couple of our agapanthus plants this year, I think because they got so wet, so I’ll be covering them with fleece again this winter to offer them some protection.
Yes, more cyclamen. They are slowly creeping around the garden, but I don’t really mind.
The sedums have been stunning this year, the colours are so vibrant. I’m sure there’s a scientific reason which pins this down to the warm and dry summer, but whatever it is, I’m pleased to see them when they’re as beautiful as this.
Strangely the lettuce seems to have come into its own. Yes, in the month when I’m least likely to eat salad I have lettuce a plenty (and don’t worry, that darker green leaf of the left of the picture below, I know that’s not a lettuce, so we’re not about to eat it).
My ‘best’ tomato didn’t survive my week away. It looks as if someone, or something, else had their eye on it too and got there before me. They didn’t get my borlotti beans though, but as borlotti beans were in the meal I ate before being ill on holiday, I’m off those at the moment and our crop is drying to be used as seeds next year instead, as I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to look a borlotti bean in the eye by then.
The pots are doing well, in fact too well. It looks as if I’ve some unexpected Lords and Ladies in with my rhubarb - I thought that wasn’t growing, but now that the rhubarb’s in there it seems to have sprung into life. Typical hey?
And behind the bamboo in a pot that we haven’t used this year I discovered a self seeded and flowering primula. I really don’t mind when plants self-seed, and I’m doubly impressed when they manage to get themselves into a pot too.
The other thing that I have to mention in this monthly update, is the leaves. They’ve started - it is autumn after all - but as you can see it’s going to be something that keeps us busy, until they’re all down.
Secretly though, I think MOH is willing them down so he can get out the leaf blower again…