Tuesday, September 02, 2014
lt was officially the first day of autumn yesterday and the weather seems to have changed overnight...cool and dull today!
The weathermen reckon on an indian summer, beginning friday it's supposed to hit 73 degrees and last until october, l hope they're right.
We've already begun putting the borders to bed for winter, clearing all the dying flowers and foliage, been doing it for a couple of weeks now.
There are a few patches of colour left in the lavateria, wind anemones and fuchsias but the autumn seems to have hit early (they reckon by three weeks) and we've already picked our gages, plums and apples, brambles and gooseberries.
We do leave the teasels, pelargoniums etc to seed up for the birds to eat and the bright orange chinese lanterns are making one corner glow.
The bright red of the ice plants is yet to come, they're just beginning to get their multi flowered heads to colour.
While the white phlox and christmas roses are throwing out their leaves ready for flowering in december so it won't be too bare.
I shall plant up some of the finished summer tubs with winter pansies too, make the patio look bright and cheerful, and some with wallflowers to bloom through the winter months.
There are loads of tomatoes weighing down the trusses but they are slow to ripen, normally l'd have been picking them for a couple of weeks now but they're still mostly green.
On the other hand, the courgettes did exceptionally well, we were snowed under with them, and the marrows are huge!
Sadly no butternuts or patty pans, we think there weren't enough bees to pollinate them...it's been a bad years for insects and butterflies again.
But the corn-on-the-cob is beautiful, so crisp, sweet and tender.
The cabbages are already hearted up and the turnips are huge!
Mother Nature gives with one hand and takes with the other...she's one fickle lady!
The cherry tree is already lovely shades of orange, yellow and red and the flocks of goldfinch, chaffinch and hedge sparrows are beginning to return to the garden feeders.
The hedgerows have berries in abundance this year unlike last when the migratory birds flew in to nothing!
The hawthorns are laden down with red berries, they aren't usually red yet!
And the elderberries are smothered in their dark purple fruit, already the birds are gorging themselves on them.
The dog rosehips shine brilliant red and orange against the dark green foliage of the hedges but the poor blackthorns have hardly any of their juicy little purple sloes!
The schools go back today too, l'm going to my sons for the day but the grandchildren will be in school so it will be a bit different to the last few weeks, just the littlest one at home.
The summer has been glorious, lots of sunshine and warm balmy days, let's hope the little indian summer arrives before the 'season of mist and mellow fruitfulness' does.
Autumn has her place but she's arrived too soon!
l can't remember who sang it but one line of a song sticks in my mind: 'the summer's over, you gotta move on'.