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November-December, 2021: garden diary

It’s time to put the garden to bed. We may – or may not – be around to wake it up in the Spring. We’re still waiting to finalise the selling of this property and buying our next one; and, as most people know, in the property market nothing can be taken for granted till it’s signed, sealed and delivered.

But we look back on 2021 with a certain sense of achievement. Away from the nagging worries about Covid, the garden was not only a safe place to be but one which repaid physical effort by nurturing a positive outlook on life. It’s true that the veg. patch no longer has that crisp, tidy appearance that it had immediately after the raised beds were completed and the gravel was laid …

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… as the autumn leaves have settled in a disordered mess and ivy has begun to encroach from the hedge.

But no doubt that can all be put right once the warmer weather arrives.

A new border …

… and the rebuilding of the small patio were other landmarks in our gardening year.

Autumn brought the most amazing crop of apples I’ve ever seen, both eaters and cookers. The blackbirds, starlings and pigeons had the time of their lives!

The first frost held off till late November; but there’s been little more since then.

But, for now, we’re preparing for our planned house move, selecting which flowerpots we want to keep and which we really should get rid of.

Will we finally make it to the new house? Who knows – watch this space!

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September-October, 2021: garden diary

“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” – John Keats, To Autumn.

The onset of Autumn has brought with it occasional mists and plenty of fruitfulness. But in more abundance this year have come high winds and lashing rain, intermingled with some extended and pleasant spells of sun and warmth. The change of seasons has brought very changeable weather.

Our Rhus Typhina, or Staghorn Sumac, has put on a particularly splendid display of autumn colour, first with its fruits and then in early October with the reds and oranges of its leaves.

The Cosmos have hung on right to the end of October, their vivid mauves, violets and pinks defying the first frost to appear.

A similar tone is displayed by the Sedum, its rubbery leaves affording it protection from harsh conditions.

Even more striking have been the low-lying but gleaming Gazania Tiger Stripes flowers, seemingly indestructible by any storms.

As for fruitfulness, we’ve had an amazing crop of both eating and cooking apples; but our sweetcorn and Cylindra beetroot have been so-so.

If our planned house move goes ahead, this will be our last season in this garden. It’s been a very interesting challenge and we’ve learned a great deal.

But one of the greatest satisfactions about gardening is that one never stops learning …

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