This month has been a complete wash-out, literally; and when it wasn’t raining, we had overnight frosts. Everything is weeks behind and the soil is still cold to the touch.
First, a look at the saracennia (pitcher plant). This has been overwintering in the Potting Shed as it needs a couple of months of cold temperatures before it starts its new growth cycle. It’s been re-potted twice (July and November 2020) since I bought it in December 2019, in nothing more than the moss my brother raked from his lawn. Then, at the end of March, my favourite TV gardener said it was time to cut off the old pitchers to allow new ones to grow. So I did.
The free seeds with this month’s Kitchen Garden Magazine include this tomato, a cordon cherry “tasting of raspberries, blackberries and other summer fruits”. Only 10 seeds though. It sounds very exotic.
This aubergine is “as easy to grow as a tomato” – with around 90 seeds, there will be some for the Community Garden seed swap.
And the ever-popular Mixed Oriental salad leaves – for all year round – though not doing particularly well in either the Tiny Greenhouse, or the mini-greenhouse inside the Potting Shed.
Here in North Wales, Autumn is living up to its”Season of Mists” once more, if not the “mellow fruitfulness”. I’m more than ready for clear, cold and dry days now. I’m typing this in semi-darkness as the ‘mist’ is blanketing the windows and we’ll have to rope ourselves together just to get to the wood store without incident.
So here are some photographs I took when we still had daylight!
Now you see them, now you don’t. My neighbour’s tree stripped of its leaves in 10 minutes in the winds a couple of weeks ago.
The final hurrah from this year’s Japanese anemones. They started flowering too early and have run out of energy; I’ve had them flowing well into December before now. If we manage a couple of dry days anytime this side of Christmas, I’ll be cutting them down to ground level and removing the iris foliage.