I can't be the only person thinking "What on earth happened to the summer?". It has definitely left the North West of England that's for sure. The sunshine, when it appears, is watery, the sky is mostly full of clouds instead of house martins, the plants in the garden have started to turn brown and drop leaves all over the lawn.
As I was looking out at
what passes for our garden these days the other morning, I was surprised at just how many leaves there were, but on closer inspection they weren't leaves at all.
An entire carpet of mushrooms has grown under the trees in one corner of the garden.
One of the many reasons I like joining in with HDYGG? every month is that it allows me to not only document the changes in the garden month by month but also to appreciate the things that are unexpected or shouldn't be there too. I should really get around to mowing the grass at some point, but I'm rather enjoying popping out every day and seeing the mushrooms there for now.
Another thing I'm still enjoying in the garden are the cheeky birds who come to use our bird feeder. Now, in the past I've been a bit rubbish at feeding the birds, but my mum gave us a big tub of wild bird food (after some mice had broken into our shed and eaten all of ours!). This really seems to have made a difference with attracting the birds to come back - then are mad for the stuff! At the moment I'm filling the feeder three times a week which is amazing considering that last year I had to clean the feeder after I found grass growing out of it! I'm particularly fond of the blue tits that come every day and balance one on each side while they eat. The pidgeons are rather keen on this too as they get anything that is dropped on the ground below. I never get any pictures of them however, as soon as I whip out a camera this happens! I will get a picture one day.
The other garden birds are clearly getting ready for the colder weather too and blackbirds have stripped the berries of the laurel - it was laden with them a few weeks back.
Even my herbs have started to wind down production for the year. I have tried and tried to encourage my parsley plants this year but they have all ended up like this. Usually I would have a freezer full of the stuff by now.
Still, at least some things are continuing the way they are supposed to - this photinia still looking lovely! (I know I've shared before but it really was looking extra shiny and red yesterday!)
In the next couple of months on the to do list - another garden chop back I think. I want to try to get things looking tidy for over the winter. My mum has kindly donated some bulbs (and planted them!) so we may even have flowers for spring!