Although barely visible on the above photo, trees that have resolutely remained green despite losing leaves over the last few weeks are subtly beginning to change colour, and the changing of the clocks last weekend seems to bring with it a sense of urgency, both in the garden and in our lives. Suddenly garden tasks that might previously have been left till the afternoon are now being curtailed because the light is going soon after 4 o’clock, and a policy of not being concerned if the greenhouse doors are accidentally left open overnight needs to be reviewed in case of sudden drops in temperature – not that this has been an issue this week as temperatures remained above 11 or 12ºC last night and reached about 19ºC today. These are expected to drop by about 10º over the next few days so perhaps we are in for our first frosts soon.
I am pleased to say that I got the bulk of the first batch of bulbs planted at the weekend, apart from some free alliums (which are going in the cutting beds) and the tulips, which I don’t intend to tackle yet. I have also sorted through seed packets from earlier in the year to see what spare seeds there are and considered which could be planted now for early flowering, and have some idea in my head as to what I might want to buy for next year – although for the first time I have saved some of my own. Following the dislodging last week of some of the climbing roses by the wind I have also taken the opportunity to tie in any lax new growth on all of the climbing roses, so am generally quite chuffed at getting these little maintenance tasks out of the way – when all I really want to do is get on with my Project….