The daisy-like flowers that invited themselves to grow round the pond (I think they are Michaelmas daisies) have been attracting honey bees in droves. Or perhaps I should say ‘hives’. Are they visible in the photo below?
For me, the excitement is more that the stems of this pretty flowers will soon become fodder for the Green Johanna. This has been working a treat over the past month and I wonder if it is because of all the green matter I have been chopping up into it. I’d be surprised if the roots of the strawberry plants had turned to compost quite yet, though.
Undoubtedly, the unseasonably warm weather is heating the compost bin up. I had had my concerns about there being sufficient space in the bin for all the autumnal debris but so far we are doing fine.
I’ve been deadheading the gladioli, as their flowers die off, which means it won’t be too long before I lift the corms so that I can get on with building the raised bed in the centre of the garden.
There are also swathes of violets to get rid of. These have really taken over the garden this year, although I imagine that they will be a passing phase as the garden evolves. I hope so, as they do seem parasitic in nature and difficult to eradicate.
A bit like ground elder in fact, which in spite of all my efforts, has reared its head again in the wild garlic bed. Oh well, at least this appears to be under control (and does not appear to be parasitic).