I can’t believe it’s October already. I’ve not spent as much time in the garden over the last couple of weeks – a combination of being busy and after pulling up lots of finished plants there hasn’t been as much to do. I do miss going out there each day but on the bright side I’ve had time to finish knitting a jumper and start making hats for The Big Knit. Picking caterpillars off the kale is still on my to-do list though.
Most of the flowers in the front garden have died off but there are a couple of oxeye daisies and a few bright blue cornflowers dotted around.
I went to Aldi on a hunt for cyclamen last weekend (thanks for the tip-off Iona!). I didn’t find any but I picked up 6 heather plants for £3.99. Uber bargain! They were in desperate need of some water and fresh compost but looked much better after being planted out.
In the back garden the leeks are looking good. This is the first time I’ve grown any so I’m not really sure what I’m doing. Ignore the fact that I forgot to thin out the ones on the left – I’ll slap my own wrists later. I cannot wait to eat them. We’ll probably only have about 12 so I need to pick a recipe wisely.
I’m trying to get the last of the tomatoes to ripen on the windowsill as we don’t have room for any more green tomato chutney.
The purple chillies hadn’t done anything in a few weeks so I picked them. I think they are suppose to change from purple to yellow to red but they are nearly all still purple. We only get a couple of hours sun in the back garden each day now which probably hasn’t helped.
September has been a dry month but yesterdays rain helped the lambs lettuce seedlings spring up. This is one of our Winter crops and it’s slow growing so we’ll be waiting a while to eat it.
I love love love these red geraniums! They look really bright even on miserable days.
After seeing some of you plant Spring bulbs over the last couple of weeks I decided I needed to get a move on. I bought this pack of crocus bulbs from Waitrose. I’m keeping my eyes peeled for hyacinth bulbs.
I look forward to Autumn and Winter so I don’t want to wish them away but I’ll miss Summer gardening over the next few months. But if the rest of the year goes just as quickly, it won’t be long before I can do it all again minus the mistakes.