I thought I didn’t have a great deal to show this week but after a quick mooch round the garden with my camera I discovered there’s actually quite a lot going on! The dwarf buddleia is starting to flower. I got this plant free when I ordered the Buddleja Sungold.
Despite being ravaged by caterpillars, the Buddleja Sungold is also doing well and it’s second flower is starting to open. Both smell as sweet as honey so I can see why the butterflies like them.
Many of the flowers in the front garden are starting to die back now, although these purple clover flowers are adding some colour. The bees really like them too.
The hydrangea petals are speckled pink – no idea what causes it but I love how it looks.
The cornflowers are almost well and truely done. I couldn’t keep up with the amount of deadheading so I’m just letting them go to seed.
I’m saving the seeds for next year – I actually really enjoy this fiddly task (I’m easily amused)! When I get home from work and walk up the garden path I have a look to see if there are any seeds to collect. If there are I whizz out with a jam jar before they get blown away or fall out.
We’ve have a very confused Winter flowering heather!
Sadly quite a few of our tomato plants got blight. I’ve never had this problem before 🙁 A few of the tomatoes started turning brown and shrivelling so rather than lose them all I picked the good ones and made some green tomato chutney. We also had a few ripe ones which were lovely roasted in garlic oil and added to pasta.
The green tomato chutney has been added to my squirrelling and scoffing collection.
The kale is fighting fit now the caterpillar situation is under control. I still pick a some off every few days but there are much fewer than there have been. We’ve been eating this since June and it looks like there’s plenty more to come.
I’ve discovered that my franken-courgettes are a variety called Patty Pan and this is how they are suppose to look!
While most flowers in the garden are starting to fade, the geraniums are waking up.
I’ve been a bit busy over the last two weeks so I still haven’t sown all my Autumn/Winter seeds. I sowed some lambs lettuce seeds and forgot to water them in(!) but despite this they are starting to poke their leaves out of the soil. Has anyone noticed a lot of spiders appearing at the moment? They’re everywhere!