Another month flown, and summer is throwing one final gala before her graceful lapse into autumn. Enjoying this burst of hot sunny days after the sullen weeks before, the borders in the garden are still vibrant.
Cosmos, sweet peas and sedum dominate this border along the field. In my guest post over at Emma’s blog this week, I shared the other flowers that are unexpectedly adding to the swan song of the garden – some evidently rather confused as to the season. Fingers firmly crossed that those still unfurling their first buds manage to bloom before the frosts.
On the opposite side of the garden, the border is looking a little fuller than it did last month: the snapdragons that I poked in along the front have swollen with flowers, and even the newly planted mid section is starting to look a little less sparse. Just one “small” mound of soil still to remove before the outline of this border is complete, and I’m still hoping to get that done in the next few weeks.
The area in between these borders is still waiting to be raked level and sown with grass seed – hopefully soon all this will once again be lawn.
Down in the kitchen garden, productivity is winding down. The carrots have been harvested, the winter squashes are ripening, the beans have almost reached the end of their days and the sweetcorn have been disappointing this year (though what we have harvested has been sweet). Most of the fennel bulbs have been eaten or blanched and frozen; I am considering harvesting the remaining three or four to pickle despite their clouds of rather beautiful flowers indicating that the bulbs will no longer be as crisp and sweet.
We are still harvesting chard, beetroot and some salad leaves from the plot. The celeriac looks small but viable, and I’m hoping to try our first head or two in the next week or so. Parsnips and leeks look set for winter (although you can never tell what is going on beneath the surface) and the cabbages are hearting nicely, despite some caterpillar damage, while the kale that we have been picking all summer is still pushing upwards.
Along the side of the house, the Centranthus has settled in nicely, the red C. rubra still flowering strongly. The herbs that I planted along here seem to have established well too, and unexpectedly some of the small aubretia plants raised from seed have put forth a few tentative flowers along the path edge: another sign of the confusing weather.
And just as the month draws towards its close, this delivery, which arrived yesterday
was transformed by King of the Hill’s hard work in the evening, racing the sun as it sank towards the horizon.
There was too little light left to take a picture of the final result, once everything was trimmed and tidied, but our front space has been transformed. And I now have two more narrow borders to plant up: just in time to add some bulbs. It has been another month of great change for us here: and on we move into autumn.
Thanks to Helen, the Patient Gardener, for hosting this series.