October in Our Garden – Beautiful Sunshine, Fall Flowers & a Bear

Hello gardeners and non-gardeners (I’m sort of in-between),

It finally stopped raining here, so I’m hoping my brussels sprouts will recover – they are looking very unhappy indeed. I took the opportunity to get outside and putter around. I harvested the rest of the tomatoes as it’s getting below 10 deg. C at night here – and then I pulled up the plants leaving our little vege garden looking a little bare

So I sat in the sun and enjoyed my drink and admired the nasturtiums. Found this lovely little pine leaf on the table

I didn’t really want to go inside on such a beautiful evening, so I wandered around the back and found these pretty little flowers blooming in the middle of all the dead leaves

and came across Mr. Spider making himself at home on one end of our deck. I left him there to eat all the mosquitoes and other bugs

The leaves on this shrub are turning purple

and the seeds on this tree look like dragonflies – or butterflies, depending on the angle (come on! use your imagination)

My rose bush is still in bloom and there are more buds on the way

I was given this rose bush when it just a tiny little thing for Mother’s Day about 8 years ago. Since then, we’ve moved house with it 3 times, uprooted it from its pot into a flower bed and back into a pot, and it hasn’t skipped a beat. Last year, it developed Black Spot and I had to cut it right back and spray it with organic black spot killing stuff – but it survived to bloom another year.

Last Sunday we had a visitor for breakfast, helping himself to the apples in our back yard. Our apple tree is about 20 feet high (really). I guess it grew that way seeking the sun. So we don’t really harvest them. I mean, who’s going to climb up the tree? So, the wildlife are welcome to them

While he (or she) was in the process of trying to reach the apples, he (or she) broke a couple of branches and shook most of the apples to the ground. A couple of hours later he (or she) came back to finish them off

I’m sure they were very delicious.

 

thejaneeffect

 

 

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