The first days of November have mostly been mild and cloudy, with infrequent showers of varying intensity, although this weekend brought a welcome snap of cold clear sunshine.
A new ‘baby’ has joined our family of woodstores this weekend, constructed by King of the Hill in a break from the wearying work inside. It nestles against the wild plums along the boundary between our shed and greenhouse, behind the bed which currently plays host to leeks, cabbages and celeriac. It should form a much-needed windbreak as well as caching more firewood for the winter ahead, and sits relatively unobtrusively in this wildest patch of our garden (time to pull brambles and bindweed down from the plum trees again, I think!).
We are still to experience our first frost here, so the garden continues to flower fitfully in a state of limbo, amidst the natural decay. I find part of me rather relishing the prospect of frost now; to underline the change in seasons, and perhaps also in curiousity as to how our newly sculpted and planted garden will cope with the cruel grasp of winter’s clutches.
Down in the kitchen garden, the early hardneck Sprint garlic that I planted a few weeks ago has already formed a file of fresh green shoots – almost a straight line this time.
A few heads of Solent Wight softneck garlic have since arrived and await planting; I intend to sow some of these cloves later this month, and the rest a month later, as close to the year’s shortest day as time and temperature allow!
The Verbascum chaixii ‘Album’ seed that I sowed last month, along with the Echinops ritro, germinated strongly, and I have begun to prick these out in the greenhouse. Hopefully they will overwinter happily under glass and I can plant them out as the earth begins to warm up once more to enjoy their spires in the summer.
While activity in the garden has slowed down now, there is plenty to keep us occupied in the house, along with much to plan and research for next year. The bareroot season has begun, and while the earth remains warm and pliable this would be the ideal time for planting new trees and hedges. We are formulating another project for the garden…