September blazes into Autumn
(Caution, contains Spiders).
Dahlia ‘Bishop of Oxford’
Several hot sunny days followed by quite a few chilly nights have been the story of September, we have had average rainfall, but I have had to water several of my pots of plants.
There are still plenty of Blooms on show such as the above Dahlia, and the below Cosmos.
I’ve been busy harvesting some of the last of my edible crops, and my eagerly anticipated Sweetcorn.
I invested quite a bit of effort on building a big enough raised bed with lots of added organic matter in order to try to get a decent crop of Corn. And I am pleased with the results and the freezer is full. I will grow the same variety next year, as I’ve always had good results from Swift and its readily available from most seed suppliers.
Although It appears I still have some work to do in order to produce carrots not so rude.
One of my baby Acer trees has turned into a blaze of red colour to welcome to approach of Autumn, it’s also my unhealthiest tree in that its main stem is damaged, so I keep expecting it to expire, however it keeps on shooting leaves every spring and making the best of it. It’s also quite pot bound, but I’m convinced if I re pot it, it will actually roots up and die. So for now I’m content to let it be.
Last Autumn I dug up and moved an Aster I had, Caucasus I wanted to erect my new greenhouse on its location, I was sure that the disturbance would put it back this year, but it appears to not have minded, it’s currently flowering its socks off. It also helps that I purchased quite a substantial hooped plant support for it to grow up into and now its flowers are away from the ground and in full sun.
I’m very pleased with how its taken to its new location.
All over the place fruits are forming and I’ve noticed an increase in wildlife making use of the garden, I’ve increased to amount of food I’m putting out for the birds, and I’ve started adding fat balls to the diet.
Much to the appreciation of these House Sparrows.
(Next picture Large Spider.)
Lots of other animals around at the moment are Spiders, they are leaving lovely big spider webs all over the garden for me to walk into each morning, although admittedly I’m not finding them all with my face, some I see just before I walk into.
They are quite beautiful though.
Well the ones in the garden are, the ones that are galloping around the house each evening are not so nice, although my cats are making the most of the chase, so far this week I’ve cleared away the remains of 4 spiders given a good chew by my 2 cats.
I wonder if we will get the first frosts during October….?
I’ll let you know.
Until next time, thanks for stopping by.
Thanks as ever for Helen for hosting this Meme.