I have to say I lose interest at this time of year, it happened last year around this time as well, but come the spring my enthusiasm will return. I still have the following growing : curly Kale, perpetual spinach, parsnips, beetroots, Florence fennel (which are swelling nicely) and a couple of cabbages. Oh and purple sprouting broccoli and brussel sprouts, but they have to grow through the winter and hopefully we will have some sprouts for Christmas.
The best thing I ever did was grow so many flowers up there because it's so colourful and many flowers still have lots of buds to open for a while yet. I have stored all the squashes and the pumpkin in the greenhouse, where I also have more little chillies growing, in fact lot's of little chillies !
I must get that Pumpkin weighed ! it was very heavy.
The 'Pink Giraffe' Dahlia is still a lovely sight, I have three up on the plot.
Dahlias and Echinacea, grown from seed this year and still looking lovely
Covering the beds for winter.
Clearing the beds, and planning for next year.
Not so tidy, but still lots of colour.
Florence Fennel, almost ready to harvest.
My hydrangea from the garden. faded and looking delicate and so pretty
The colour from the front, such delicate colours as they age and fade.
Colours from behind, a nice minty green, I like this better.
I have actually been spending more time working on the garden than the allotment just recently. I have widened a couple of my borders so I can plant more annual flowers such as Cosmos, I bought a packet of seeds recently that are double flowering and they look stunning, so can't wait to sow them next year. The borders already have lot's of perennials, so I thought it would be nice to add some annuals as well, especially cornflowers which looked really nice with the colours of the Cosmos this year. We also cut down a couple of large shrubs which were old and very woody, we now have to try and get the roots out.
That's about all for this update. I hope you are all enjoying your gardens and allotments and getting on with the preparations for the winter months. The best thing is the planning for next year, and looking through the seed catalogues deciding what to grow next.