…hath all too short a date. Thus quoth the Bard and it is true. Suddenly September is upon us, but at least it is easing us in gently with a beautiful Indian summer of a day.
Every week The Propagator invites us to share six things that are happening in our gardens. At the moment it seems to be the only time I get round to updating my blog – I hope to be more productive once my youngest starts school in a couple of weeks’ time. Until then we are planning some precious mummy and son time.
Without further (much) ado (about nothing) here are my six for this week.
1. Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’
This is not the first time I have featured this wonderful perennial bought from Gravetye Manor earlier this summer, but it has proved such a wonderful addition to our garden – flowering non-stop for two months now with no sign of slowing down.
2. Pear tree
For the past three summers since we moved in, this pear tree has been extremely productive – the only problem is that it was allowed to grow too tall and so the fruit is ten foot up in the air. Any tips on how to pick it welcome.
3. Apple and bug
These apples are easier to reach but the tree has suffered from some disease this year which has affected some of the fruit. This specimen looks ok and even has a resident bug.
4. Grapes and slide
The grapes growing around our pirate ship play area are ready to pick. Anyone got a good recipe for grape jelly?
5. Luscious lawn
I didn’t post a picture of our lawn last week so here is visual proof that it has recovered after the drought and is now in desperate need of cutting. The cobwebs serve as a reminder that autumn is on the way.
Last year I rescued a tiny nasturtium seedling that one of my daughters planted at Brownies then left in the bottom of the car. It flourished, self-seeded and this year has taken over most of this bed, proving just what a will to survive plants have.
Don’t forget to visit The Propagator and his followers to see how summer is turning into autumn or winter into spring depending on your hemisphere.