It's the 15th of the month and once again time for GBBD ( for more info click here), the October edition. The weather has been glorious for over a week now; sunny, hardly any wind and temperatures around 18 to 20 C. Normal temperatures would be around the 10 to 12 C mark. It's been wonderful working in the garden with Jeeves at my side during this unexpected bounty of golden autumn days.
A surprising lot of plants is still in flower and the knowledge that this colourful feast of blooms will soon end, makes those flowers even more precious. Soon there will be dreary, dull grey days. It will rain for weeks without end, or so it will seem. There will be days when it never gets light at all, but not yet, not now. Now it's a sumptuous autumn with balmy days and colour and beauty where ever you look.
Leek in flower
It's high time that I cleaned everything up in the potager for autumn sowing as I've bought lots of seeds to provide me with some veggies and salad leaves during the winter. But so far I've been unable to do away with such a wonderful autumn display.
The New Border
I'm pretty amazed that my new border is doing quite well too in its first year. The butterflies, bees, hover flies and what have you, are rather chuffed with it too.
This is Fisherman's Friend, an Austin Rose, and it has the most delicious and strong scent ever and very big flowers, simply marvellous. I've been doing quite a lot of weeding lately and to do it close to this rose is absolute Bliss. You're in scent heaven!
Autumn fun Harvesting and planting up baskets and pots for autumn and winter colour. Not forgetting, of course, the planting of zillions of bulbs for spring joy.
The South Borders
They are still going strong and look very pretty in pink.
To my surprise Clematis Hagley Hybrid is in flower again.
This pretty Clematis will soon be planted in the South borders too.
The Front Garden
Where all the roses are still in flower, not with the gay abandon they displayed earlier, but nevertheless very enjoyable.
The real stars at the mo are the asters, they seemed to have pulled out all the stops this year.
Six more days till T - Day.
Have a great GBBD!
copyright 2008 Y.E.W. Heuzen
October, May of the descending days,
Mid-Spring of Autumn, on the shortening stair
Of the year's end abiding still and fair,
A pause of peace, when all the world at gaze.