Don’t want to put to much of a kibosh on it, and I will say it in a very hushed whisper, but I have a funny feeling that we are going to be in for an Indian Summer in September and October, like we had last year. It’s September 8th and I am sitting in my garden in jeans, tee shirt and shades writing this blog. There is blue sky above me and nothing but the faintest breeze across my face. The cows are mooing and the geese a honking… life is good!
I rotivated the old pig pen at the weekend so that we can turn it into a soft fruit pen next year. After all the piggilies hard work with snuffling and eating of roots, the rotivator glided through the soil with the utmost of ease. Very different to where we used to live when it would get all clogged up with nettle roots and were thwarted by the many, MANY stones we had in the ground. To celebrate the success of the rotivating I have ordered some strawberry plants, raspberry, loganberry and tayberry canes as well as some black and redcurrant bushes. Next job is to make the cage around the enclosure so the birds don’t get to the berries next summer before I do and create paths inbetween the beds for ease of access. The plot is at the bottom of the back orchard and I hope it will look as pretty as it will be practical. Maybe I’ll grow some sweet peas up the netting for a bit of colour.
|Newly rotivated soft fruit plot|
If May was the month for the smell of wild garlic and June, elderflower, September is most definitely apples and plums. We haven’t made nearly enough use of the fruit this year. In the midst of business plans, getting the Stables finished and day to day life they lie forgotten on the ground. I feel completely guily whenever I see or smell them and promise to do more with them next year. By then we will be a lot more sorted and life will be easier – won’t it? One of the apple trees in the back orchard uprooted itself a couple of weeks ago. They have been so laidened with fruit that they just can’t take the weight. Two trees in the front orchard also seem to be in self destruct mode with branches being riped from their trunks. We want to plant lots more trees this autumn and prune the ones that are still left to keep them in good shape but I can’t get hold of the local orchard man to find out what types of apple we have as I want to keep the orchards as traditional as possible.
|Uprooted Apple Tree in Back Orchard|
|My heart shaped tree in Spring last year....|
|My broken heart (sorry!! That's really pukie!)|
Lastly, the other morning there was a glorious light and I felt the urge to go and take photos....
Last but not least... check out the size of my pumpkin!!!