Hello again. I’ve been missing in action for family reasons. These reasons continue. I’ll be coming and going for a while.
In the meantime a few pics with my new toy – a macro lens for my iPhone. I know I’m a bit slow on the uptake on this, but somehow I just never got to it! But I’m having fun now 🙂 . Got to tell you it’s hard to take them in focus as the focal range is so short – only a 1 or 2mm – so you need to have a very steady hand…
Anyway first efforts. Note the hairy caterpillar was taken by friend Anne and giver of the macro lens 🙂 .
Forgot to post this one so here it is!
Winding down now – a few weeks have already seen a lot of change. A few weeks ago I was still harvesting but now everything is dying back, and I’m trying to clear everything down for the lull of winter.
Just to blow out the cobwebs. It’s good to walk. Especially as the nights close in here. It makes me want to be outside even more.
Empty and atmospheric, although I did have to buy a waterproof hat… this is a few weeks ago and now it’s forgotten but not quite!
So a couple of trips to the allotment plus my probably-not-going-to-make-it aubergines in the greenhouse. I just got going too late so even though I’ve had healthy plants I didn’t plant them early enough to actually develop big enough fruit.
Otherwise it’s mostly squash. As per last year they have taken over the allotment, and I keep finding them. I planted lots of smaller varieties so they would be easier to cook. Also I’ve just planted some mustard and normal spinach and winter salad crops, plus scabious in Salmon Pink, Black Cat & Drumstick in the greenhouse.
No pics yet but I am also on the case with bulbs for next year: Anemone Bordeaux, Tulips Antraciet, Black Hero, Hermitage Double, Royal Acres, Greenstar, Virichic, Tres Chic Salmon Impression, some gladioli, lilies, camassia – some are in, but some I’m hoping to plant tomorrow weather permitting!
I’ve hardly been to Perch Hill this year but I made it to the last open day of the season. It was lovely & sunny and I got there first thing. There were only about 5 other cars, so I was able to enjoy the garden virtually on my own.
The main theme was definitely dahlias. I’m afraid I don’t know all the names (not that clever) but I’m sure they are all on Sarah Raven’s website. Anyway at times they were larger than me – ie over 5’1, especially in the front beds.
Here are my photos, plus some extra interest, just so you know it wasn’t just dahlias. 😉
Mastaba by Christos on the Serpentine. A 3D installation that felt flat. Very strange. Very cool. Those barrels are real size oil barrels – it’s that big! Glad to have caught it.