Today has been yet another fine October day with lots of crisp sunshine and that slight chill in the air where you are not really sure if you need a jacket or not. I have been outside for a couple of hours and I must have taken my cardigan on and off about 10 times. Towards the end we got a slight drizzle and my cat jumped down from the bench where he had been sleeping and came up to me looking rather indignantly as if it was me who had started the rain. He convinced me to pack up and go inside with him, most likely so that he could get fed slightly earlier than usual. Since my last post I haven’t done much in the garden, to be honest I have hardly been out here as I have been recovering from yet another operation. I am better now, but taking my eye off things for a short while, even just for 10 days, can make a huge difference in my garden.
Oh, I must admit I am fed up dealing with pest and diseases, but with a whole garden in pots and containers I have more of it than most gardens would, that’s just to expect, container gardening is stressful for plants and make them more exposed to just about any pest and disease. At the moment most of my dahlias have mildew and are not fit for getting their photos taken, they look awful! And I have a rose with rust, never had that before. But dealing with vine weevils has been my top priority this week, to rescue as many plants as possible from a certain death.
Which reminds me, I have been thinking of what colour to choose for my shed and the fence. I had a very dark brown colour on my fence in my previous garden, a nice enough backdrop for most plants, but that wasn’t my choice, it was my housing association that painted the fence and chose the colour – we all had the same colour. I am now renting a council property and the council doesn’t paint fences, I will have to do it myself. At the moment the fence and shed is a golden brown colour, I think it is too orange and would not have chosen it. But since it is up to me, why choose brown at all, why not choose something completely different?
I have a short movie for you today too, I actually made it last month but when I made my previous post I already had 3 other movies so I thought I would save this one for today. This is my resident robin that comes and eats any goodies unearthed by me digging in the garden. It’s not scared of me at all, and walks around me while I work so I have to be careful not stepping on it. I looked up Robins online today before writing my post, and I was surprised to see that there are American robins and Australian robins too – none of which are the same type as our European robins. So when I write about the robin in my garden I am referring to an Erithacus rubecula, and when my blogging friends in US are writing about robins in their gardens, they are referring to a Turdus migratorius. The Australian robin belongs to the genus Petroica, members of a family whose relationships are unclear. Well, whatever kind of robin you have in your garden, here is my resident robin – this time I can assure you watching it in HD full screen will be worth it :-)
The music was ‘Maid with Flaxen Hair’ by Claude Debussy.
I am linking my posts to Carol at May Dreams Gardens, please visit her for many more Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day posts.
That’s it for this time, next post will be End of Month View on the 31st October, when it will be less than 8 weeks till Christmas! Time is flying, Until then, take care.