It’s miserable out there so I’m posting some photos I took earlier in the week when it was still warm and dry! It’s been unusually warm for the time of year but since Friday it’s been wetter and windier, and it’s getting a bit cooler now. Last weekend I got a new phone with a better camera than my old one so I’ve been testing it out a bit during the week, and these are some of the results.
In the front garden, on Monday and Wednesday, I took these:
Lots of these ladies in the garden at the moment:
In the troughs under the window, most things are doing well – violas:
Santolina “Lemon fizz”:
Artemisia “Oriental Limelight”:
But you can see that one of the santolinas has died, for no apparent reason – the other is fine. I should replace the dead one at some point, but it’s finding the time to get one.
In the back garden on Thursday, I took all the fruit that was ok or even still remotely viable off the tomato plants. They’re all in the house now and continuing to ripen up – there may be onions, garlic and freezing in their near future. It’s nice in the middle of winter to defrost a home-made pasta sauce containing your home-grown tomatoes for a quick and easy meal.
The hypericum is flowering again – it does seem to enjoy a second go around this time of year:
The hardy fuschia has been doing well:
And the scabious I got half price a couple of months back has settled in well:
A couple of weeks back when Mum and I went to the garden centre I bought two outdoor cyclamen to go under the tree at the end of the garden. I never have much luck with them but these looked like nice sturdy ones so fingers crossed. (Yes, there are dead leaves everywhere. I leave them lying for the wildlife. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.)
We have berries on the cotoneaster but it won’t be long before the birds spot them and strip the lot.
Verbena bonariensis is flowering away, though the stems are shorter than they’ve been in previous years. The one in the back garden was late getting going this year, though, and for a while I thought we’d lost it.
And the rosemary is flowering (we’ve made good use of it in the kitchen this year too).
The other garden centre bargain from a couple of weeks back was this – Mum and I both bought one, it’s a hardy geranium called Orkney Cherry and has been happily flowering away in its new home.
And no autumn round-up would be complete without a picture of the Virginia creeper looking gorgeous.