Winter is definitely coming but still we have lovely autumn colour just about hanging on. So number one is Autumn Colour.
These lovely leaves will soon be gone but the fruit of Malus x robusta ‘Red Sentinel’ hang on into the depths of winter so this tree sits in my winter garden.
I have been preparing for next year’s improved landscape by having George, the tree surgeon here to remove a line of ancient and massive laurel and hollies. He is coming back soon to get rid of the stumps and this hazel which totally defeated him last time he came. It is obviously very, very old and goodness knows what we will find at the centre of it, maybe a lost civilisation.
Autumn is a good time to thin the bamboo stands. It’s a tedious job, but they look better for it . The upside is we have loads of bamboo canes which will come in handy next year.
At last I have cleared the veggie boxes ready for their blanket of manure which comes courtesy of my friend, Francesca’s beloved Pickle. I just have to persuade the Pianist to collect it for me. I think this is a blue job although the Pianist is a Feminist and refuses to acknowledge that there are such things as blue and pink jobs. Still I might be able to bribe him with mince pies. In the centre is a standard gooseberry with a frill of chamomile rounds its foot.
You might notice that Chloris, the scarecrow is no longer with us. Here she is a couple of years ago; even with the blonde wig and a stuffed bra, she still looks terrible. She had to go, she was an embarrassment. She looked so disreputable that I was ashamed of her and put her on the bonfire. It was like having a picture of Dorian Grey in the garden which was deteriorating even faster than yourself.
Bringing things in for Winter
The most tedious job of preparing for winter is bringing all my tender plants in. No mean feat now I have a tropical area full of tender plants.
My lovely greenhouse which I acquired last year to display plants in winter is now totally stuffed.
And that’s my six, but I haven’t mentioned bulb planting. Another tedious job and I still have a box full of tulips waiting. But if I start on all the autumn jobs still to be done, I’ll on end up with 36 on Saturday, and that’s breaking the rules so we’ll leave it there.
Thanks to The Propagator for hosting the meme of Six on Saturday.