The first overnight frosts have visited and left their mark in the garden, although for the past few days the weather has been milder again.
The courgette plants have finally laid their heads to rest, and their brown corpses are sprawled across the ground waiting to be pulled out. The nasturtiums have at last been thwarted in their bid for domination, and their foliage is wilting as their flowers begin to fade; some of the once bright orange petals have turned a rusty shade of brown. The lettuces are proving surprising resilient so far, and despite several sharp frosts, they remain (or should that be ‘romaine’?) in good condition for harvesting and eating. I suspect we should bring in those still standing before the frosts return though.
Undaunted by the weather, the leeks continue to march proudly across two of the vegetable beds, tall and leafy. The cabbages have made a strong recovery from the damage inflicted earlier by caterpillars, and even the brussels sprouts have fought back with plush leafy growth at their tips and beautiful sprouts forming up their stems. Looks like they’ll be on the table on Christmas Day after all! Whew.
Parts of the garden seem rather confused by the weather, though. Two of the roses that bloomed in the summer, in their rather ramshackle remains of a bed at the side of the garden, have several new buds about to open for a repeat flush. Sadly I doubt that these will come to fruition, but my fingers are crossed.
The yellow crocosmia beside the shed is in bloom again, and a pink snapdragon in a container by the greenhouse is flowering again after its first flush in June.
More in keeping with the season is the beautiful pink sedum that has been flowering prolifically in the same overgrown beds as the roses above.
I think that this must be sedum ‘herbstfreude’. I’m a big fan of the stonecrop sedums, and couldn’t have chosen the colour better myself; it should continue to play a big part in this border when it’s revamped for many years to come. Its flower-heads look wonderful as cut flowers in the house alongside the giant hydrangea blooms that are also still in bloom nearby, and last well.