On Thursday morning, in the drizzle, I did the last of the plotting jobs on my autumn to do list which was to cut the comfrey then add it to the compost heap. I then added a layer of leaf/wood chip and I won’t touch it again until I empty it in four months time. Anything to go on it will be kept in bags until I start the new heap.
It’s been a while since I last showed you all round the plot so this is what it looks like now. Click on any picture to see a full screen image.
View 2 is halfway along the top edge looking down the path towards the shed. Over on the right are the tall bare stems of the common fennel which has feathery foliage, yellow flowers and a pronounced aniseed scent that even I can smell. The dogwood rose red hips and white Michaelmas daisies provide more colour. I don’t know the variety of these daisies so I call them Twinkling stars as the flowers are no bigger than a fingernail.
View 3 is from the top north-east corner showing the area where I mostly grow flowers. Note the teasels and lots of self sown seeds that have appeared since I dug it over a few weeks ago. Annual flowers next year will include cosmos, cornflowers, pot marigolds, sunflowers and sweet peas.
View 4 is from the opposite bottom south-west corner with a large clump of crocosmia in the foreground. At the top left is the wild area with the log pile and washing up bowl pond, and the lesser knapweed and rosebay willow herb which won’t be cut back until the spring. Here I’ll be growing onions, spring onions, lettuce, beetroot, carrots, courgettes and cucumbers.
View 5 is about halfway up the path along the western edge looking across at the pallet patio, shed and compost bin area. The plum tree can be seen growing up through the patio’s left-hand edge. The rose Pretty Lady still has a few flowers on it having been blooming almost continuously since early June. The blackberry bush is on the right which I won’t prune it or tidy up around it until the spring. In the centre of the picture are the flowering nerines and alongside them to the right is a pot of white flowering lavender. I’ll be growing all my potatoes here next year.
View 6 is taken from the same place but looking up towards the road. Again the two blue Michaelmas daisies are prominent, as is another clump of crocosmia. The hawthorn is at the centre top, and the stem on the right is an old giant single sunflower. Next year I’ll be growing borlotti, broad and runner beans, sweetcorn and tomatoes here.
Until the end of February or beginning of March, when I empty the compost bin and start digging again, I’ll now just be pondering and pottering.
Have a good week!