As September 24th 2002 was a dry sunny day, it was ideal for
many of our diarists to work in their gardens. Being a rural area many also
kept poultry and other livestock.
- 10.00am After mopping floor and cleaning work
surfaces a cup of coffee was needed before going into the garden to help hubby
who is cutting back an overgrown hedge. The shrubs also need a light pruning.
A daily task is to dead head the roses and flowers in the hanging baskets
Picked runner beans - prolific this year - and started to
strip damson tree. Enjoyed a supper of fresh plaice and late raspberries (from
the garden). Put hens away and locked up for the night - protection from any
passing fox looking for a quick "takeaway" supper.
- A fantastic thing happened
while I was having my breakfast outside, on a glorious September morning,
a sparrowhawk landed on the arm of the chair next to me. We looked at each
other in surprise, then it flew away. I water the tomato plants in the greenhouse,
do some washing and hang it on the line. Planted some bulbs and tidied the
- For lunch I make courgette soup - they're
still coming thick and fast on our two plants, other ingredients include our
own onions and potatoes. The veg garden has done well this year, and we are
practically self sufficient at the moment.
Despite the warm days, the nights are becoming quite chilly. Geraniums are
still full of flower, but I decide to start potting some up to take indoors
for the winter; perhaps this year I can avoid a rush when a frost is forecast.
In the afternoon I went out into the garden
to do dead heading of flowers and general pottering around - signs of autumn
coming - leaves are beginning to fall but the flowers are still flourishing.
- Taken some more cuttings;
penstemon, lavendar, hebe.
- I go into the garden
and cut a bunch of sweetpeas for the house; I am really pleased because this
is the first time I have attempted to grow them.
- Plant bulbs on green
outside bungalow. Each year we add more to the bank leading onto main road.
It is nearly a sea of yellow in Spring - plus primroses - only one small clump
when we came here 17 years ago.