It's been absolutely ages since I joined in with HDYGG and I've really missed looking at all the beautiful garden inspiration from everyone else (even though I rarely have anything to show that is inspirational myself). So this week I thought it was high time I wrote something about our gardening exploits. The truth is that we are very fair weather gardeners and since my last update, apart from doing a bit of tidying up as the autumn started to arrive, I have done nothing since. I thought I'd post a few snaps of the weird and wonderful things that have been happening since September in the garden anyway.
Firstly, the tidying. Perhaps I was a little early as most of the leaves were still very much on the trees, but I was pleased with it all the same. This was my (slightly grainy - sorry) view from my chair in the garden as I enjoyed tea after a hard days clearing up.
As I was tidying I found something that I wasn't expecting. We have for a while now had a hedgehog who uses our garden as a thoroughfair. You can see the hole he uses under the fence and the trail of droppings across the lawn leading to his exit at the back of our car port and driveway. As I was clearing away the dead leaves and weeds I found that the hole usually used by the hedgehog had grown somewhat. Either he's put on an awful lot of weight or there is something new visiting the garden. Funnily enough, a few weeks before I found the enlarged hole, DH had gone out to put some rubbish in the outside bin and discovered that there was a similar sized hole under our garden gate. We have weed suppressant membrane and pebbles in this area and the mystery creature had ripped the whole lot up and dug right down to the sandy soil underneath to escape the garden. It was a right mess. And to think I blamed the kids for messing around in the garden without our knowledge! Sorry kids.
Autumn is pretty much the only time of the year when I really enjoy what's in our front garden. As you can see we live on a fairly modern housing estate and our front garden is the product of the house developers. Even after 13 years we haven't changed it much. The original tree that was planted here died shortly afterwards and so I asked the developers to replace it. They came along and planted this Ash tree and I'm so glad they did. I just love the colour it goes in September. This year it is even bigger and redder than ever. I even caught one of the neighbours taking a snap! The only thing I don't love are the amount of leaves that it drops. We has a really breezy weekend shortly after this picture was taken and now there are leaves everywhere. We still haven't tidied them up...
Other things happening in our back garden include plants doing things that they shouldn't be doing. I'm not complaining. We bought a Fatsia a year or two after moving in here and it's been steadily growing year on year ever since. I've always wondered why it has never flowered but my mum (the gardening expert of the family) said that it just needed to reach the correct level of maturity first. I had high hopes this year when it seemed to put on more leaf growth than ever, but I was sadly disappointed - not one single flower.
Imagine my surprise on looking out into the garden last week and finding flowers poking out from the foliage at the end of the garden. I have no idea why this is happening in November but I'm afraid there are a few shots as I've waited so long to see this!
It is so wet and grotty that it is very difficult to spend any time out there. Even the children are using the garden less. DD2 rushed out at the weekend in her wellies to play on her swing but soon came back inside sobbing because she had slipped over. She is still hoping for snow so that we can build a snowman - a bit early for that!