Autumnal excitement

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).

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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10 Responses to Autumnal excitement

  1. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Those daisies are lovely – I must get some to add colour at this end of the year. Compost making is such a variable thing with so many things affecting the speed at which it works. I’m glad your bin is keeping pace with the supply of green stuff.

  2. I think they are Michaelmas daisies. My Dad was Michael – born on Michaelmas Day

  3. The daisies look great! There are a lot of violets growing here and there in my yard as well but not in the garden. There are plenty of other weeds and tree sprouts to contend with in the flower beds. GEEZ! It’s a never ending battle that can sneak up on you. I hope you are well!

  4. I love the violets that appear in my garden, so I”m always surprised to hear that they are unwelcome in others. They are prolific that is for sure. I’m so pleased to read about your honeybees! It’s what all gardeners dream of.

    • Helen says:

      I was surprised to see honey rather than bumblebees. I dare say it is to do with different flower preferences, though there may have been some bumblebees there as well.

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