My Garden in October

 

We have been having such great weather this September and October it feels more like late summer than autumn.  However there are signs in my garden that autumn really has arrived.  Everything is beginning to put itself to bed and there is a certain emptying going on.  So I have resisted the temptation to post lots of photos of flowers that are still blooming, as blooming they certainly are.  The cosmos and the verbena bonsariensis  are all both still going strong.  The roses have had a third flush and the asters have still to flower. So hopefully I will be posting about them in November.

 

verbena bonsariensis

 

The autumnal morning air is misty and damp.  Even this photograph taken as late as 10 o’clock in the morning sets the scene for an autumn day.

 

spiders web on grass

spiders web on plants

 

The garden spiders are busy weaving and trapping as much foodstuff as possible, presumably before it disappears.  The plants and the blades of grass have become the props for traps that insects must circumvent if they wish to stay alive. The plants are getting ready to survive the winter and so are most of the garden residents.

 

berries and nest

 

There are not too many berry bearing bushes in the garden.  The main one is the pyracantha, which is still acquiring its winter red berries. If we have another frozen winter I know the blackbirds will strip the branches bare in a few days.   If you look closely at the photograph you will see a tiny nest secreted in the top of the branches.  It’s beautifully crafted.  No longer occupied – another contribution to the feeling of emptiness of the garden.  Hopefully there will be a new resident next year.

 

Fungi in the garden

 

It has been a great year for fungi.  It’s been popping up in places it’s never appeared before.   I assume last year’s wet weather has assisted with this.  I’m very proud of this clump on the stump of an old tree; fit to grace the floor of any ancient woodland.

 

bare vegetable plots

 

The final emptying has been the digging over of the vegetable beds, completely vacant now, except  for the Jerusalem artichokes, growing sky high, and the elephant garlic, newly planted this weekend.

 

Alliums & willow dragonfly

 

The flower beds still have structure, which I hope will take us well into the winter.  However here there is also an end of season feeling.  The Allium heads which have looked wonderful all summer long can no longer support themselves and the willow dragonfly (a recent acquisition) is competing with them to see which can bend the furthest.  Lying down, going side wards, being blown over, decaying and finally dying back are all processes well advanced in my garden this October.  It’s an enchanting time of year.

I am linking up with How Does Your Garden Grow.  Please pop along and take a look at some other fantastic gardens.

 

 

 

 

 

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17 Responses to My Garden in October

  1. Iona@Redpeffer October 10, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    I am loving your raised vegetable beds-they look brilliant. The garden spiders have even busy this year haven’t they, sadly I’ve never quite been able to get organised to capture them this time around. Lovely photo’s too.

    • Lynda October 10, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

      Thank you. The Veg beds work well as we have extreme clay soil and they have allowed us to pile in loads of compost.

  2. Mammasaurus October 10, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Gorgeous shots – that top one is so dreamy and those have to be the best cobweb photos I’ve seen so far this Autumn. I love the cold and damp mornings at the moment, before we know it it’ll be Christmas!

    Super veggie beds, we had some similar at our old house that we made but alas we haven’t built any more here as of yet, I miss growing things.

    Thanks ever so much for joining in again and sharing x

    • Lynda October 10, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

      Thank you. Dreamy is a great description. We inherited the veg beds and agree with you they are a great addition to the garden.

  3. Mama Syder October 10, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    Verbena bonariensis is one of my favs! I havent got any in my garden, but I keep promising myself some. Lovely photos x

    • Lynda October 10, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

      The verbena self seeds so beautifully. We started with about 5 plants and now must have more than 50. Will have to pull some this year as the gravel path is now unpassable

  4. Claudia October 10, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    great shots. i love that early morning dew. something we don’t get here often in miami. enjoy your autumn!

    • Lynda October 10, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

      Its been a beautiful autumn here so far and when they are good they are good. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Charly Dove October 10, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    What fabulous photos – I love the first 3 especially. Your vegetable beds are wonderful, they’re exactly what we need somewhere. Would be great to grow our own veg. Great post :)

    • Lynda October 10, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

      Thank you. I’m proud to say that the second spiders web photo was taken by my 8 yr old. Looks like I may be having to upgrade his camera soon.

  6. Mrs Fox October 10, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    Love those photos, especially that first one. I think autumn is enchanting too, I love the damp mornings and the smell of rotting leaves, your photos really capture it.

    • Lynda October 10, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

      Thank you for stopping by. We are having a great autumn this year aren’t we?

  7. ricki October 10, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

    Sept-Oct is usually Indian Summer time, but this year it’s been rain, rain, rain. Oh, well…the few times the sun does peek through we enjoy it all the more. In the meantime, I’ll just look at your garden instead.

  8. PlantPostings October 11, 2013 at 2:12 am #

    Interesting. Your garden is at about the same stage as mine even though I’m in the northern U.S. Usually we would have had a frost or freeze by now, but the summer-like temperatures keep hanging on! No complains from me. Your photos are great! I really like the mushroom shot!

  9. Katie October 11, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    I just love that Verbena!!! We are planning a “secret garden” and I am adding this to the must-have list to add height and structure for hiding behind!

  10. 76 sunflowers October 12, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    Your raised beds look so tidy, I am a little bit envious as ours are such a mess! Lovely pics and I found you via How does your garden grow? :)

    • Lynda October 13, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

      Thank you for your comments. My hubbie has charge of the raised beds – hence the organised look. The rest of the untidy and unkempt garden is mine!