September in my garden

When I wrote last month’s gardening post, the sun was shining and everything seemed to be blossoming and fruiting. Fast forward a few weeks to September in my garden and what a change. As I write, it’s overcast and raining. And there’s a distinct chill in the air at night. Autumn is definitely on her way.

What's flowering now?

Not as much as this time last year, sadly. I think the heatwave earlier this year meant that everything flowered early and then suffered with the excessive heat. (My water rates bill has shot up this year, no doubt due to all the dousing I had to do over the summer).

But it’s not all gloom, there’s still plenty of colour and, more importantly, plenty of opportunities for the bees to find food, around our pond in particular. Our pink Cosmos is a runaway success and looks stunning next to the white Japanese Anemones, and purple Asters.

Last year I cut off the spent sunflower heads and left them to dry so the birds could harvest their seeds. I’ve done the same again this year, and I’m keeping a few seeds back to sow again next year too :)

And speaking of seeds, just look at this glorious tumble of fragrant petunias next to our conservatory. Can you believe all these flowers are from one plant, grown from one tiny seed the size of a poppy seed? Isn’t this a great advert for growing your own flowers?

More of my dahlias are beginning to flower now, including another favourite, Thomas Edison dahlia grown from a tuber last year and then mulched over winter rather than lifted and stored. (I just can’t be bothered with the faff!)

An unexpected surprise and delight was the beautiful purple flowering Malva (this post’s cover pic) next to our skeleton bench. I didn’t plant it here so it must have grown from a seed blown over from who knows where.

What's fruiting now?

Our deliciously crunchy Burpless Green cucumbers are all but over, we have two left to harvest but then it will be time to clear them out of the greenhouse. Ditto our tomatoes, which are nearing the end. They’ve given us a pretty good harvest, considering they’ve been baking under glass this summer and they r