End of the Month View – October 2012
I think damp and wet with slowly falling temperatures describes October this year. No frost as yet but fallen leaves are everywhere and gusts of wind are blowing them into various corners where they are piling up into crisp or soggy piles depending on the weather. Autumn has arrived trampling upon the pale feeble ghost of our poor excuse for a summer.
There is still a few jobs to do in the garden before winter arrives. The borders are a tangled mess as I have never got round to cutting back the dead foliage which is steadily looking more and more brown and gloopy. Must make an effort to do this as dead foliage is covering some plants which are making a brave attempt to flower. In the bottom left corner of this picture you can see…..
…..a dash of pinky red which glows brightly.
While none of my Echinaceas came up this year the Rudbekias came back stronger than ever. I think I will give up on Echinaceas – blaming my soil of course and not my own failings. I want a reliable daisy flower at this time of year.
There are still a few Roses.
Quite why these self sown Nasturtiums have left it till late October to flower is a mystery.
One of the flowers I have all over the garden is this Cyclamen, still flowering but being gradually swamped by the foliage which appears after the flowers.
I have hung out the bird feeders and put out the ground feeder. Most feeders are armoured against squirrels otherwise the food would disappear in a second.
I must collect up the bark dropped by the Eucalyptus (a yearly event). I will add it to a pile in the corner of the garden that I keep as a shelter for wildelife.
All my tender plants have now been moved into the greenhouse which I have lined with plastic bubble fabric. A fan heater will keep the temperature above freezing.
Finally I will finish with the most showy of my October flowers. Not a shy retiring flower and just the kind of colour I need at this time of year.
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