Above average temperatures, very little rainfall and light winds where the notable hallmarks of October in the garden, temperatures did not dip below 5°C for the month and rainfall totalled 27.9mm of rain whereas October 2015 totaled 64.4mm.
A very dry month was had.
The mild weather has helped the trees and shrubs keep hold of their leaves for longer than usual resulting in quite a pleasing fiery display.
I’ve only carried out limited tidying up around my borders so far this month, I still have Sunflowers hanging on to their flower heads and my Cosmos Radiance Plants are still flowering well and attracting any late passing Bee’s.
However I’ve still got lots of bags of mixed tulips and dwarf Narcissus to get planted.
As well as the clocks turning back, the 31st of October is also the cut off point for posting all collected donated seed to be sent to the Hardy Plant Society for it to be sorted, packeted and offered to the Members from Mid November.
This year was a good year for me in collecting seeds both from my own garden, and the gardens where I work. I have sort of subconsciously planted plants in my own garden over the years that will seed freely, and I’ve remembered to label with the exact names so the process of harvesting and donating has been quite straightforward. In total this year I sent 36 different species of plant seed into the scheme. This is a personal best for me.
As a donor, when the seed list is launched I can choose an additional 10 packets of seed which gives me 30 packets of seedy happiness.
This year i donated an awful lot of Cosmos Radiance.
Annoyance in the Veg Plot
In the Veg plot there have been mixed results, I’ve had to water quite a few crops, and because of the mild weather I’ve been suffering from an awful lot of white fly, it appears to be quite enjoying the stale weather and multiplying almost daily on most of my plants.
I’ve had a go this year at growing a few parsnips in a bottomless dustbin, I had a peep the other day to see how things were progressing, and I’m sure you’ll agree that the results look promising so far.
Unfortunately things are not going so well for my Leeks, sown in April, planted out during August, and then wiped out by the dreaded Allium Leaf Miner in October.
Many swear words were used whilst digging up and disposing of my plants.
There has also been something amiss going on with my Carrots.
Not the Ginger one pictured, but Carrot Root Fly has now arrived, at this rate the only Veg I’m going to have through the winter is one parsnip and a tin of peas.
Finally a strange but welcome site in the garden now the Clocks have gone back and the nights are drawing in, is the surprise re-flowering of my summer Clematis niobe, its grown in a big pot by the back door, normally a sunny spot in the Summer months.
It just suddenly burst into flower. I’m going to enjoy while I can before the first frosts…… if we get any that is.
Thanks as ever for Helen for hosting this Meme.
Bye for now.