October in the garden has bought us golden light and golden leaves.
|Twinkle is out catching those warm rays of sunshine.|
But there are still reminders of summer to be found with roses still blooming....
and the cosmos and the ammi visnaga are still putting on a good show. It's amazing that two packets of seeds have provided us with so many flowers. The cosmos has been constantly flowering since July although it does involve doing regular deadheading to keep them going!
The purple Verbena Bonariensis, which survived the winter has also been flowering for four months and is perfect for giving a backdrop of additional colour. The garden is noticebly quieter with fewer insects visiting the flowers.
Our two apples trees now in the second year of planting have produced 12 apples. We have had a huge number of grapes that have been made into grape juice. I also tried roasting some and eating them with goats cheese, which was lovely.
The vegetable garden is beginning to look very empty. I always keep meaning to try growing Green manure, bur only remember about it once it is too late to plant! Has anyone tried it? I have been recently reading about No dig gardening, so maybe we shall buy in some manure and try that technique instead. In the empty raised beds we still have some salad crops, leeks and chard. Some salad and winter vegetables have been planted in the green house. Using the greenhouse during the winter for some crops was a success last year.
Thoughts have turned to spring and we have planted more bulbs in the hope they will brighten those colder days. I have been following Freda's tip since last week about doing 15 minutes gardening a day. It has been surprising how much you can get done in 15 minutes and the garden is already benefiting and so am I!
What have been the highlights in your garden in October?
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