The picture shows today’s pickings, which I realise have combined to make a nice contrasting display. There have been raspberries available for picking most days since July, and last year they continued into November – where just a handful is picked I have tended to keep them in the fridge to have on my breakfast, but there are several pounds in the freezer pending a jam session or for breakfasts during the winter and spring. The tomatoes are ripening better since light levels in the greenhouse were improved by removing much of the tomato foliage, and I have kept up with tomato chutney production having made two batches this week. We were given some damsons earlier in the week so together with some of ours I now have some damson jam, and we are currently enjoying one of my favourite bakes, apple cake. Oh, and Christmas puddings are also done and dusted, with our early family Christmas coming up in a couple of weeks!
Whilst not in the kitchen or hovering around the Golfer as he continues with the Big Plum Tree Lop I have been able to enjoy various investigative rambles around the garden in the beautiful September sunshine, accompanied by a gentle breeze and the tinkling of our various discrete windchimes. Considering how dry it has been (the earlier heatwave being almost a distant memory), the plants do not seem to have suffered – presumably the couple of brief rainy days we had were enough to replenish the dryness of the soil, but nevertheless I am trying to remember to water some of the newer acquisitions. Whilst doing so, and smiling at my momentary panic last week when I thought my Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ was shrivelling up, I noticed with great pleasure that along with the naturally drying leaves and the autumn colours there were in fact flower buds evident, already showing their typical pinkness, and promising fragrant delights to come: