Another week flown by, our promised thunder and lightning didn’t materialise on Wednesday, after a shower first thing we had sunshine all day just to round the mini summer off. It is now quite a bit cooler with showers on and off, the garden has appreciated the showers and my water butts are filling up nicely, so happy plants and happy gardener! My six for this week are….
No 1. Cotoneaster
Definitely an autumnal feel to my 6 this week. This is Cotoneaster horizontalis is on the kitchen wall and loved by the bees in the spring and the birds in the autumn.
No 2 Wild Blackberries.
It seems to be a good year for blackberries, I’m going to try and pick these by the gate before the birds get them all, don’t worry, there are plenty more for them to enjoy. But a few of these with Bramley apples from up the other end of the garden will make a gorgeous crumble!
No 3 Holly berries
Another plant that is having a good year is my holly, Ilex Golden King. It is covered with berries this year as are the wild bushes in the hedges, there are going to be lots of berries to decorate our houses for Christmas!
No 4 Rose Hips
All my single roses are covered in rose hips, this is Rosa glauca in the back garden, I can imagine my little dormouse fattening up on these ready for hibernation!
No 5 Cyclamen hederifolium
Each day when I go to the woodland to see how things are, more cyclamen have popped up, they are nowhere near their climax yet, lots more buds still to open, but getting better each day.
No 6 Fox Cub.
Not a very good photo I’m afraid. It was taken at about 6am and of course the fox cub wouldn’t stand still to have its photo taken.Quite frequently lately I have seen a fox in the garden by the back door at this time of the morning, this morning though I saw two! They were having a wonderful play on the circular lawn, just as well that the meadow was cut the previous week! After a lot of zooming around and rough and tumble, they both came and had a good drink out of the bird bath! It was a magical 5 minutes.
Definitely an autumnal feel to the garden now, lots more cutting back and deadheading got done this week, I suppose this will now continue until everything is looking more presentable once more. Thanks once again to Jon The Propagator for hosting, do pay him a visit to see lots of other gardens round the world.