My Garden Journal 2020 October

Back with another look at my garden journal, this time looking at my entries for the autumnal month of October. It is mostly about the effects of autumn on our garden but the first two pages are a continuation of looking at finishing off the hard task of reconstructing our wildlife pond.

The set of photos below show our adventures rebuilding the pond. I wrote, “The first day of October continued bright and dry so we carried on sorting out the wildlife pond. The following four days it poured!” The photos show us putting the new liner in place, then putting the water in before the decking goes back in place! Towards the end of filling up Jude had to don her waders to put plants in place. She loves wearing her waders to work in the pond.!

On the opposite page I show the finished product of all this pond rebuilding. I wrote, “Our wildlife pond has been completely rebuilt, the bog garden replanted and new decking boards down.”

Ten photos of the finished pond appeared on that page, as follows.

We move on next to looking at plants for a few pages, beginning with plants of more subtle colouring. I wrote, “In our gardens we tend to centre our minds on bright colours to cheer us up or gentle colours to calm us. But what about the many shades of brown which can look so beautiful in October?” I then shared 11 pictures and wrote, “It is sad when you print these browns that the combination of camera and printer give many extra tints of maroon or purple.”

More unusually coloured plants appear on the next page where I feature succulents which develop richer colours in the cooling weather and [poorer light quality. I wrote, “The colour of many succulents deepen as autumn light glows.” The first couple of photos feature ‘living stones’ or lithops.

Turning over to the next page and we discover one of my fibre tip pen sketches, showing the seed head of a carex grass. I wrote, “The colours of our grasses throughout the garden continue to star, but they are changing. The foliage on some turns a lovely yellow while the seedheads sport oranges, golds, gingers and biscuit colours.”

The penultimate page of my October journal entries is again about changing colours and once again features succulents. This time I feature those that change the colour of their leaf edges. I wrote, “Many succulents begin to show richer colouring on their foliage edges, browns, pinks and reds and in one case white. in some cases the whole plant changes colour.”

The final page for October shows typical autumnal features of our garden. I wrote, “October moments – oh so special! Coloured bark, berries. ferns and grasses.”

So there we have it, my selection of what was going on in our garden in October. As I finished these entries I also finished my sketch book so November will be in a new one.

By greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.