It’s a lovely morning, but after two nights of freezing temperatures and snow yesterday, it’s not safe to set foot outside the door until the ice has thawed. There’s no need risk a broken limb because I took my photographs in advance (on Thursday), though I only went out to fill the bird feeders!
In the Potting Shed, the sweet peas have survived the below zero temperatures. I didn’t want to remove their ‘tent’ so I don’t know if they’ve started to bush out after pinching them out a few weeks ago.
With Autumn officially here (22nd), my garden is preparing for hibernation. (So am I.)
With the exception of some general tidying and collecting of leaves, my gardening will mainly take place in the relative warmth of the Potting Shed and/or the Tiny Greenhouse (already the subject of their own, separate, posts) as I attempt to grow a succession of salad crops over the autumn and winter months and to start off sweet peas ready for next Summer.
And I embark on a new, non-garden related project in October as I begin a two-year Masters Degree in Creative Writing.
So this will be the final Monthly Roundup of 2020.
It’s been full-on in the garden this month as harvesting of potatoes, climbing beans and all things salad has continued. The freezer is slowly filling up with beans, and with foraged blackberries picked from hedgerows on our daily walk.
The weather has been ‘changeable’ (understatement) – which led to some lovely cloud formations – while Storm Francis battered the UK in the final week of the month. Damage in my garden was restricted to this pot of chard (past its best anyway), a tomato pot blown over but no damage, and a bent sunflower.
Bulbs, onion sets, and salad leaf/herb seeds have been ordered, though I’ve only received the seeds. The weed membrane for my allotment bed finally arrived, along with the tomato feed I’ve been trying to get hold of for months. (Note to self – stock up early next year).
For the first week of August, it’s been pretty poor weather. Even when the sun shines, it doesn’t always feel warm. This morning is grey with either mist or light drizzle (mizzle?). It was warm yesterday but we didn’t have much sun, just a few hours in the morning.
I was going to start with a picture of my zinnias, but as they still don’t have flowers… here’s the clematis alpina in full flower,
Just when I thought it was safe to go back into the garden, another garden pest comes along to distract me. Initial research indicated a Japanese beetle; further research suggests a Garden Chaffer. It moved on before I could check its belly for spots.