Thursday, 6 November 2014

As Autumn Ends ...

... it's a time to celebrate the harvest, to carve Jack-o-Lanterns for Halloween and to enjoy the fireworks on Bonfire Night.
We recently visited the Autumn Harvest event at RHS Wisley.

There was apple tasting and freshly pressed apple juice to try.
Lots of prettily displayed seeds.

In the gardens the grasses were the star performers.
Miscanthus sinensis "Ferner Osten"

Inside the glasshouse was a display of Nerines.
Nerine "Berlioz"
Nerine "Lavandu"
There were still some apples on the trees in the orchard.
Hunt's Duke of Gloucester, not looking too pretty!
"Winter Banana"
and lots of autumn colour to be seen on the trees.

A local National Trust property, The Vyne was also celebrating harvest time.  The pumpkins were lined up ready for Halloween.
 and there was a bird of prey display in front of the house.
 I think this falcon spotted us! :)
 Ferruginous Hawk
 Siberian Eagle Owl

 Harris Hawks
 Gyr X Saker Falcon
 Lanner Falcon
 Sunda Scops Owl
 Gyr Falcon
 Great Grey Owl
 American Kestrel

Back home I harvested our sweet potatoes.  A few strangely shaped! :)
I carved our large pumpkin for Halloween.
With the flesh I made curried pumpkin and coconut soup for our supper.
The Vyne also celebrated Halloween, someone had had a lot of fun decorating the rooms on the ground floor! 

Our village actually celebrated Bonfire Night early this year, on 25th October!  At the time it seemed strange to be having fireworks before Halloween.



It was a fabulous display and the clear mild night was perfect.
In fact I'm rather glad it was held early as 5th November was the coldest night so far this autumn and this morning I woke up to a garden that had been visited by Jack Frost.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Autumn in Our Garden

I actually started this post before we went on our trip to Iceland, but I didn't get around to posting it up as I did some last minute knitting of hat and mitts for myself to wear in Iceland!
October means it's time for us to harvest the pumpkins from the old allotment.  This one is destined to be our Jack O'Lantern. 

 This is our harvest of strangely shaped butternut squashes! :)
We had some glorious sunny weather at the beginning of October and I took full advantage of it by working at the new allotment planting early-sprouting purple broccoli,
garlic "Marco"
and over-wintering "Red Winter" onions.
I also worked in the garden after work and on my days off.
I have replanted my hanging basket and pot by our front door.
On the patio I replanted the pots with winter plants, although the summer ones were still in bloom I felt that colder weather could be just around the corner, so it was time to change them.

The back garden is still looking lovely, although a little wetter today as we have had heavy rain this week.

When we visited Perch Hill I bought these tulip bulbs and have planted them in the large pots that I grew the sweet peas in during the summer.
They are the Brandy Snap Tulip Mix
I have also planted Narcissus "Delight" and Scilla Siberica with the tulip bulbs and added violas and a dwarf wallflower "Harlequin" to each pot.
I have decorated them with my homegrown "Jack Be Little" pumpkins.
These are edible, so they are only being used as decorations until the frosts.

I still have some roses in the garden.  This one "Fairy" will continue to flower until the frosts arrive.

There is even a foxglove in bloom!
I have started digging over the flower beds and removing the dying foliage.
In other patio pots I have planted violas and cyclamens.
I buy these cheaply from the supermarket each year
and they always grow well.
In the greenhouse the tomato plants were nearing the end of their fruiting days, so I have removed them and hung up the remaining trusses on wire for them to ripen.

The chillis are still ripening.
 I have moved my fuchsias into the greenhouse for protection from the cold and I still get to enjoy the flowers.  I also have geranium cuttings and plants on the staging.
 The chrysanthemum cuttings, Abundant Collection, that I bought in the spring from Sarah Raven are now starting to bloom in the greenhouse.  Unfortunately they are covered in aphids, so I am having to spray them with white oil!
Orange Alloiuse,

 John Riley

and Froggy have flowered so far.
 I carefully check the blooms over for aphids before bringing them indoors!
i still have half of the garden to work on before the winter, but unfortunately my back is bad this week, so I can't do any digging or heavy work! :(  Guess I will just have to sit and knit! :)