Autumns Golden Treasures

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Autumns Gold early morning along a favourite local walk.

The end of September saw both my hubby and I busy getting the allotments straight for our short break away in Scotland so it would be low maintenance upon our return.. Little did we think it would be so mild.. or that in England the rain coupled with the mild weather give our newly cleared weed free allotments time to grow. But as we all know weeds seem to have a growth spurt known only to themselves.. So we still had plenty to keep us busy when we returned..  Our time in Scotland on the other hand was Sunny and dry, not one drop of rain did we have until the day we departed for home.

Tarbert Scotland Loch Fyne.

Tarbert Scotland Loch Fyne.

There was much to do still, as the tomatoes had all about finished, and I made lots of fresh tomato soup daily as my husband cleared out the greenhouses both at home and on the allotments.  A tasty fresh tomato recipe can be found here. on my recipe pages.

The next thing we did was gather up the squashes.

For what ever reason, this year has not been half as good as last year for our butternut squashes.. They have not really ripened and many were decaying and going bad.. In fact those you see we put to ripen on the window ledge a third have already have had to be thrown away.. 

I spied this lone Nasturtium  amid the Squashes..  A splash of Gold amid the leaves.. 

The Autumn raspberry canes were cut back down to the ground.. The Spring ones we did in the beginning of September as I showed you below how we had thinned out the old shoots  and spaced them and tied them to the frame.. We have since cut back the tops to the top of the wooden framework. 

Raspberry Canes And Gladioli

And no Autumn post would be complete with out a few Autumn pictures. So here is a local walk we often do to a wild life lake close by. 

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Vicars Water

We came across this quite tame Robin. He stayed posing for us for some time.. My husband held out his walking stick to invite him to hop onto.. He considered it but declined :-)

We came across this quite tame Robin. He stayed posing for us for some time.. My husband held out his walking stick to invite him to hop onto.. He considered it but declined 🙂

This week has dropped colder and we have had our first overnight frost.. I gathered in what was the last of the Dahlia’s I think, they have given me a tremendous amount of pleasure this  Summer and Autumn and an abundance of flowers which have been share between family and neighbours. 

Dahlia's

Dahlia’s

As the garden winds down for the year, my craft work will now come out. My Knitting and Artwork will replace the gardening..  And already I am well into a knitting  project which I will share when it is finished. 

Happy Gardening

~Sue~

The Garden of Life

Today I thought I would share a poem I wrote some years ago now.. And take the opportunity to show you some of the plants in my home garden at the same time.. 

 Please click the photo’s to enlarge and read the captions..   

Enjoy!

 

The Front Lawn and Pots

The Front Lawn and Pots

The Garden of Life.  

 

 

In every lovely garden, with flowerbeds and lawns.

Hidden among the flowers, are nettles and sharp thorns.

And so in life, we have the good and bad.

Nothing is ever perfect, there’s happy times and sad.

 

We can’t always have the sunshine; we too must have some rain.

To bloom the flowers need water, in life we have our pain.

For sometimes while we’re gardening, we feel the nettles sting.

We’re reminded to be careful, when we plant our bulbs for spring.

 

 

Then once your garden is planted, and you think your work is done.

Along comes another shower, and with it weeds have sprung.

Who said gardening was easy? Just waiting for things to grow.

We have to clear out the boarders, to reap what we do sow.

 

      

For if you look at nature, life’s answers you will find.

Everything has a cycle; we can’t bloom all the time.

Never think that the grass is greener, on the other side of the fence.

By comparing both life’s problems,

 Your neighbours might seam immense.

 

You don’t have to be a Saint, to be a special person.

Just to smile and say hello, can help someone who’s lonesome.

So pick a bunch of flowers, and hand them out with pride.

It will surely be remembered, when we reach the other side.

Picking Sweet-peas, The more you pick the more flowers that they produce

Picking Sweet-peas, The more you pick the more flowers that they produce

 

By Sue Dreamwalker

Have a Wonderful Week