…but the garden is positively alive with colour. The leaves have suddenly dropped, the stream is turning into a swampy jungle and – oh my word! – there’s a lot of urgent jobs to be done. Click on the images for details!
These will rot down to make a leaf compost. Secure the wire to the ground with metal tent pegs
Purple Verbena Bonariensis is another bee favourite
I can see four piles and piles, and piles and…
Leather gauntlets from Gold Leaf and secateurs from Kent and Stowe make bramble cutting a doddle
I use cut brambles to stop cats adopting empty beds as toilets.
Red Russian kale. Copper rings are great for keeping the slugs off
Wrap chicken wire into a circle and hook the raggedy ends to secure it
The stream urgently needs a bit of maintenance
Not sure what this scruffy shrub is, but it has tiny early flowers which the bees go wild for
Fairy Bonnet Cap?
Lettuce, which I now cover with some micro net at night
I’m wondering what plant this is?
Remembering kicking piles of leaves and my dad getting very cross
Alpine strawberries still fruiting (note date!)
Chicken wire over exposed beds keeps the neighbourhood cats off
Echinacea Purpurea. Bees love it. I love it.
Alpine strawberries on the steep bank
Building a proper compost heap is a job overdue
View from under the apple tree
Leeks are nearly ready to start using. They share a bed with recently planted out Cavolo Nero cabbages and endives
Worm ‘Tea’ for ‘laying down’ til spring and the bokashi bins
The cut celery roots have started sprouting new leaves. I’m hoping I can dry some now I have a dehydrator, and make celery salt.
An artichoke flower, that I wasn’t expecting until its second year
Although messy, I’m loving the colours at dusk
Looking down the bank to the walled stream
I think this is meant to be a swede.
The conker tree