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