Blogtober 2021 : Day 3
Well, the weather never picked up yesterday so I didn’t go outside to finish off the border. Even though it did stop raining for a bit, it was so wet that I would have just be clumping about in mud and that’s not ideal so I decided to leave it.
Today’s Winwick weather is …. very similar, actually, although there was short sunny spell early this morning so I did manage to scoot out and get the plants into the ground. It was lovely to also take a minute to smell the damp earth and look at what was still flowering.
Crocosmia – these are in a pot and they were later in flowering than the ones in the border. It’s nice to still see them – and even nicer to know that as they’re in a pot, those pesky corms are contained!
The leaves of the witch hazel (Hamamelis) are starting to turn. These plants are grown for their Autumn colour; we’ve got two in our garden and they never disappoint.
This is the Liriope muscari that I mentioned yesterday. The flowers haven’t quite opened yet; it’s a little bit like a grape hyacinth to look at right now but the flowers are slightly different when they open.
This rose bush – The Fairy – didn’t do much earlier in the year when the rest of the roses were blooming but has really gone for it now! I’ve had such a good display from our roses this year; they’ve all bloomed twice and the second flowering has been even better than the first. Have you found the same thing?
I didn’t find these in the flower borders but in the greenhouse! It had all got a bit overgrown in there (story of my gardening life this last month or so) and here are the last of our miniature plum tomatoes (not as many of these made it into the house as they should have done as I was eating them by the handful in the greenhouse!), some larger plum tomatoes which were intended to become pizza sauce but I think are going to get eaten just as they are, and a beefsteak variety that I’ve never grown before. The cucumbers didn’t work out so well – we like the mini cucumber varieties but the ones I planted this year were, I think, more intended to become gherkins and they weren’t quite as nice.
Oh, and here’s the border with the plants in. It doesn’t look a lot different to yesterday’s photo, to be honest, except that there aren’t any plant pots, the sink is a bit more full because of all the rain we’ve had and I found a bag of shredded cuttings which I’ve used as extra mulch. I could do with a bit more on there but I’m going to be doing some more Autumn pruning over the next few weeks so I’ll add it when I do that.
In knitting news, the pink Carousel sock has been put back into the project bag until I am less cross with it. How dare it need to be completely unravelled when I was trying to be clever and fix it?! I will go back to it – I love both the yarn and the pattern but I wasn’t friends with either of them yesterday! 🙂
Instead, I sat with my knitting belt shawl and did some more of that whilst watching an old Scooby Doo movie with not so small daughter. It’s really quite awkward to take a photo of the knitting belt when it’s around your waist with a needle stuck into it! I seem to have acquired an extra furry paw as well. That paw means “I have forgotten where my food is” (being a single cat now hasn’t affected his appetite at all) so I got to practice walking around with my knitting too 🙂
I don’t know if you can make this out but the belt is around my waist and then you stick one end of the DPN into one of the holes. I’ve been experimenting with angles as I found that my left arm started to ache a bit and I think I might have had the needles a bit high. Because the pad is stuffed with horsehair, it’s quite easy to change the angle and the needle is still held firmly. I’m really enjoying using it because it’s something a bit different. I haven’t knitted a shawl for quite a while and that’s a novelty too so I think this was a very good project to choose for this month!
I’m also enjoying taking a look around at other people’s Blogtober posts. Lucy is writing them over at Attic24 as you may well know if you read her blog as well, and Lynne whose blog is at The Woolnest has decided to join in as well. I’m following Lucy’s lead of winging it in terms of what I’m going to write about, whereas Lynne has a schedule that she’s going to follow and it looks really interesting. If you’d like to find more blogs to read over the month, typing “Blogtober” into a search engine will give you plenty of options – I must admit that I had thought that fewer people were writing blogs like mine these days as they were all about “5 fun things to do with dental floss” or something like that, but I’ve been having a lovely time following links and reading words from people all over the world.
As it’s Sunday, it’s a roast dinner for us today. Both my husband and I come from families where the roast is a Sunday tradition and we have stuck with it – if nothing else, it’s an easy meal to plan each week, but even after all the years that I’ve been eating it and then cooking it for myself, I have never got tired of roast potatoes on a Sunday evening! Ooh, I really love roast potatoes! Nobody else seems that keen so big daughter and I keep them all to ourselves and leave the mash to everyone else 🙂
How about you? I know that Sunday dinner is a very British thing to do but nowadays it’s not something that everyone does any more even if they live in this part of the world. Have you got a weekly meal that you share with your family? (You do know that now you’ve got me every day this month I’m going to ask you lots of questions, don’t you?!)
And on that happy note, I’m off until tomorrow. See you then! xx