Here we are once again delving into my garden journal this time looking at my entries for October, the first real autumnal month. I began by writing, “October tasks, which we have been planning during the time our garden was open for the NGS, began in ernest as the new month begins. We start by clearing the lavender edging to our front garden, where all the plants had become too woody and impregnated with self-seeded perennials and weeds from seeds dropped by tractor tyres. The shrub border behind the line of lavenders also needed a good revitalise.”
Replacing old lavender edging with new and revitalising the border behind.
Giving our mixed hedge a trim.
Resowing grass paths damaged by many visitors’ feet!
Revitalising planting in our vintage zinc galvanised tub, and planting miniature asters.
On the page opposite I carried on, “The leaves on trees and shrubs are slowly changing colour at a slower rate than usual.“
“Berries are colouring up too, adding extra oomph to our patch, cotoneasters, sorbus, malus and hollies.”
Over to the next double page we see photos of colourful flowers of October. I introduced the photos with the words, “October flowers still add plenty of colour to our patch.”
And so to the final page of my October entries in my garden journal, where I wrote, “Further into the month grasses and perennials begin to show autumnal colours. Some like the hostas colour up and then turn to mush so we clear their leaves away before they attract slugs. Others remain firm and upright for months.”
That is my journal for October so just 2 months left to report on for this year.