Monday, 22 October 2012

The Autumn blues

It's been a while since my last post. I haven't actually been out in the garden, I've been suffering with "policeman's heel" for a while but after a busy few days of almost constantly being on my feet lead me to having my worst ever bout. Have been shuffling around like someone twice my age. Thankfully it's improved no end over the past day or two.

Today I braved the dank weather and grey skies and had a mooch around the garden.
I am beginning to wonder if the squirrels know something we don't and are preparing for a really harsh winter. Either way, they have trashed the garden even digging massive ditches in the hanging baskets. I'll say no more on the matter.

Time to celebrate the great colours in the garden.

The blueberry bush's Autumn blush.

Pink lemonade blueberry, from Thompson Morgan, a new addition to the garden. Just need a trip to the garden centre as it needs ericacious soil.

Jalapeno. both plants that I've bought in doors have fruits ripening. As with chillis, I hear you treat them mean so I water  only when it looks sorry for itself. We shall see if it lasts to the Spring. I'd like it to.

This cosmos has done nothing all Summer long, no flowers or buds, until now! Can't complain really, it's lovely though it probably has no business to be doing so well at this time of year.

While my back has been turned and my feet have been up, the wildlife has been feasting on my garden.

I was feeling charitable to this one and left him be.

Whereas there were so many of these little guys (this was just a small patch, there were loads!) that I just chopped off the leaf and slung it in the compost bag.

The kale has huge patches overrun with white fly, these have moved onto the sprouting broccoli. I've had a look and I'm going to trying spraying with water with a few squirts of washing up liquid. I doubt I can get rid of them fully but I'd settle for being able to control the spread.

I'm thinking of making a couple of cages for next year, something to keep me busy over the coming months.

Growing in the tomato grow house are some broad beans, and boy are they growing! Not bad for a freebie seed packet from a gardening magazine.

Nice to end on a positive note.

Really hoping for some sunny days.



  1. Can't believe you've got caterpillars at this time of year - what is going on! I have a cosmos still covered in buds and new flowers coming out, as you say, it has left it a bit late to start blooming - but at least I still have a little colour in the garden.

    1. It is all a bit strange Elaine. I can't complain about the colour either, it's lovely.

  2. caterpillars in October crikey. Love the cosmos

    1. Yep! And picked several more off this morning David.

  3. It's that time of year but thankfully colour like the cosmos helps to take the edge off it, and at least you've still got plenty going on in the garden.
    I hope that you're feeling better, and it looks like we'll be getting some sunny, but very chilly, days soon.
    Flighty xx

  4. Thanks Flighty, I'm getting there.