Whilst I have often mentioned ring-necked parakeets I’ve only seen them on the plot a few times. Back in November 2008 when I still had bird feeders I saw one then a few days later took this photo. Squirrels destroyed the feeders which I didn’t replace and it wasn’t until last Monday that I saw another one perched on this sunflower. Needless to say that once again I had muddy hands and the camera was in the shed. However it was fascinating to watch and although they are somewhat skittish they do seem to be getting bolder.
I shall grow some of these giant singles again but will have to consider whereabouts, and to make sure that I properly stake and tie them as I lost a couple this year.
The other Michaelmas daisies are now flowering. This is a white variety which has masses of very small starry flowers which I really like Last year I dug up, cooked and ate some Jerusalem artichokes which I had grown but wasn’t keen on them so I left the rest in the south-east corner to grow again just for the foliage and flowers. The ones I didn’t use I replanted in the top north-west corner to add some height to that area. They’re now around nine feet high and have floweredI’m holding the stem forward to take this photo otherwise you wouldn’t see what wonderful flowers they are.
The outlook this coming week is for dry, sunny but colder weather. A couple of nights it may dip to almost zero which could give an air frost which will sadly herald the end for the flowers which have given me so much pleasure over the past weeks.