These last few days which have been sunny and warm, seem to have given the plants in my garden a final boost of growth. During the Summer, my Nasturtiums sprouted and flowered again from the pot we planted the seedlings in two years ago. My daughter had planted them at Brownies and bought them home and proudly tended to the seedlings on her window sill. When they were big enough we planted them in the pot just next to the patio. They've all but died down in the pot, but just recently the seeds which had spread from this original plant and planted themselves within the stones on my patio, have grown and we now have its offspring sprawling across the stones. I am sure this time next year it will double in size as it seems to spread pretty well. The only thing is, I've discovered that its crawling with caterpillars who are munching their way through the leaves and the flowers! It is an edible plant, but I don't much fancy adding the foliage to my salad having witnessed these naughty little nibblers consuming it likes there's no tomorrow.
|Still flowering nicely, with this second slice of Summer we've been having.|
|Destructive little beasties!|
|And yes, I do believe that it their poo! Its bigger than their head, the greedy little munchers.. grrrr..|
This week has also seen my roses and other flowering plants bloom and fade, so its been a week of deadheading and cutting back the flowers that have died down for the Autumn. My poppies, although looked like they may come back to life have withered down to spindly twigs and my sweet peas have turned brown and lifeless, so I've chopped them down and added the remains to my compost heap (sigh..)
|I think there is something very beautiful about faded flowers, grasping on to life.|
|I am drawn to how exposed and vulnerable they appear as they slowly disintegrate.|
|The remains of my sweet peas. Almost magical.|
|No, don't pick the ones that are low down! (isn't that the first rule of blackberry picking?)|
And we continued to be the grateful recipients of runner beans, courgettes and cucumbers kindly donated by my in-laws. They've kept us stocked up in veggies for much of the Summer months.
Its not the end of my garden joy for now though. My blueberry bush that my parents gave me is still sitting pretty on my patio.
and these wonderful red flowers are just starting to come into bloom.
Are you enjoying the emergence of new blooms as the seasons switch?
Joining up again to Annie's How does your garden grow? link up over at Manneskjur #HDYGG