Looking at October’s photos yesterday, I found a few which don’t really justify a post to themselves, so I thought I would collect them together and show a mixed bag.
Starting with the wonderful sunrise I found the morning after the clocks went back 1 hour.
I would have missed this beautiful sunrise if the alarm hadn’t gone off at 6am instead of the usual 7 am. The clock changes the time automatically, but doesn’t seem to change the alarm until after it has woken us up!
We have had a bumper crop of conkers * from our Horse Chestnut trees. What a shame I don’t know any little boys that would like them. Even our grandsons are too old now and with the school next door having shut and being turned into a dwelling, I don’t have any little boys knocking on the door any more, asking if they can go into the woodland and look for them. I hope the squirrels don’t decide to plant them all, maybe I’ll have to hide them!
My poor witch hazel is in too much shade. Behind it is a big Bay bush which I think will need a severe cutting back to let more light into the woodland so that Pallida can get a bit more sunshine. This witch hazel didn’t flower last year at all and I think this is the reason, too late now to form flower buds for next year, but hopefully the year after should see an improvement.
One of my lilies has decided to flower, I don’t remember ordering this one, it has come as a complete surprise in a pot of Lilium regale! Obviously it must have been sent by mistake and I didn’t notice the difference when planting them, it’s very welcome though, but I’m sure it shouldn’t be flowering in October!
Foliage in the greenhouse from Heucheras that have been split, Aeoniums that have taken as cuttings as the plants were getting too long and leggy, dwarf Iris that came as bare root and I have potted up, these will be planted on the alpine scree next spring.
Just further along the bench are my Acer seedlings. These are from Acer Osakazuki which is in the woodland. They haven’t turned the vibrant red colour that their parent does, but good enough I think to be planted out next spring in a different area of the woodland.
Today it is poring down with gales as well and some of the lovely coloured leaves are falling, what a shame. When the trees are bare the garden definitely looks as though it is winter -I’m not ready for the next season yet, lets have a bit more autumn first!
- I have added a link for the explanation of “Conkers” for those not in the UK and haven’t met the word before.