Monday, 17 October 2011

Lovely suprises

Ok so frost is forcast for most of us this week,I say good-I think this year has been so good in so many ways as alot of things got a proper rest for a change.Dont get me wrong along with most I have really enjoyed this lovely Indian summer,I sat in the garden in my tee-shirt eating fruit sald-I cant believe the size of the second flush of strawberries this year,my last melon,apples,pears,raspberries and all fresh absolutley bliss.
I picked all my remaining tomatoes and made another batch of pasta sauce-ok so I wont have a years supply as we made in Italy but have managed to make 8 jars which I am very proud of.
I have quite a few roses which are still flowering,Golden showers has been flowering since May,I only planted Orange Blush last year and this is its second flush this year,I am sure the scent is better now than earlier in the year or was it just that I was sat next to it eating my fruit salad that I was in this wonderful place thinking is it really october?
Anyway here are some wonderful photos of it sorry scent not attached!
 Just behind the rose I could hear a bee buzzing away obviously trying to make the most of the warmth and trying to stock up for what everyone is predicting to be a cold winter again.He was in this brilliant Aconitum carmichaelii wilsonii group'Spatlese'which with the fantastic low sunlight we have been having looks fantastic

My confused Crinum x powellii is flowering again ,but I think I am going to cut it today and have it in the house as it definetley wont like the cold ,so I think along with my papaver 'Pattys Plum' they will make there way into a vase.

I thought it also best to harvest my Butternut squash ,now last year I grew Avalon which I thought were plenty big enough,but seeing as I got some Harrier seed free I thought I would give it a try.Again I only grew 2 plants as I know they spread and fruit really well.WELL,all I can say I think they were pumpkins not squash!I have not got as many fruit as last year (8) where last year we had 16.But boy this is my biggest weighing in at 2.8kg and the smallest is 1.3kg.

Now we love butternut squash,but there are only 4 of us and with all the best will in the world we cant eat all of this in one go!We roast them in various ways and make soup but has anylone tried them in bread recipes?


  1. We still have some lovely yellow "smelly" roses in our garden but I don't know the posh name for them! (You write so much in your posts, it would take me 10 posts to write the same amount) XX

  2. I think your 'lovely smelly'roses were golden showers also!Yoe spend as much time on your designs as I do writing so were about equal!