Thanks to the recent mild weather, raspberries are still growing in the garden. The first frost date is due the beginning of November and so I’m enjoying this beauty.
Sweet little JaneE Kat is nibbling on some grass .. in the sunshine of the afternoon.
Sweet Robin atop the wild and crazy tree .. which has let go of the leaves and they now scatter the ground below .. I’ll sweep them up with my homemade bamboo broom which works so very well.
On Friday I gathered some more beans and little tomatoes (which I will dehydrate and powder .. ready to flavour winter soups and things) .. Some Kentucky Wonder and Spanish Musica beans also, for drying. There are still quite a few pods on the vines which I will pick later. For sharing and for the next garden.
Tiny little squash growing away ..there are a few scattered throughout the yard and I’ll harvest them soon. Started late and really I’m surprised that these even grew!
Loving this real garden art by Mother Nature!
And yesterday, I was so sure that there weren’t any more beans left .. but .. look at this! My garden is so generous. Plus a few kale leaves and another little tomato!! I’m almost afraid to look again as I have a feeling there are yet more beans hiding away in the bean forest!
Friday skies .. fluffy cumulus clouds sedately dancing away .. how I look forward to being up there again …
Sometimes .. you just don’t need words …
You are so beautiful …. to me …
This will provide a lovely addition to a meal! I’ll save some of the seeds for next year, if they are mature enough.
Sweet woodruff .. this lovely ground-cover spreads so easily. I used to use them in one of my potpourri mixes. Lovely vanilla scent when the leaves are dried.
Time for more treats! She literally runs across the grass and settles on this little wooden bench when she sees me nearby … what a darling little girl is my garden kat!
I happened to look up at this part of the garden and realized that, perhaps I do have an eye for balance in the garden. I had not intentionally placed the watering containers and bird baths in any particular order at all and so was pleasantly surprised by this symmetry. To the right is the wild and crazy tree. The pear tree graft had long ago died and I had chosen one of the resulting branches of the root stock to grow and this is the result. It is tall and helps to add privacy and a place for all the birds to perch in. And all those leaves will be swept up today, to be used as mulch for the perennials. At one time, the leaves bore the dreaded pear tree trellis rust, but good nutrition got rid of this. (seaweed, EM, llama manure).
This is my lovely tea caddy, a gift from a good friend who went back to Jolly Old and brought me this tin! I’ve seen on fb that this is no longer available and YT isn’t sure when more will be made so it is even more special (if that is at all possible). I love this tea and here is the website for Yorkshire Tea – it is beautiful, witty and you must visit it and have a good laugh at the videos!!
I have to accept that summer is truly over and the frost is coming. So today I will spend outside, dismantling what temporary structures I have made in the garden.
And today I will plant my garlic so it will have a chance to start roots in advance of the winter time. This year I will plant them all in containers .. ready to move when the time comes. Another garden to be created in another location.
Today is a beautiful and sunny day – a perfect day to spend outdoors with a few mugs of strong Yorkshire tea!