When I bought my first ever house one of the things I was most excited for was the garden. I couldn’t wait to build an aviary, plant a bunch of flowers and put up lots of bird feeders. My garden was a wonderful haven for wildlife – I once counted 4-5 hedgehogs in it at a single time and regularly had interesting birds on the fence (including a big sparrowhawk!)
So obviously it’s no surprise that one of the things I miss the most, now that I no longer have my home, is my garden. Throughout my years of blogging I have always documented my gardens – whether through a taking a look at the garden birds that were visiting my feeders or the plants that were growing in my borders – I loved discovering and sharing the nature on my doorstep. So despite the fact I no longer have my own garden, I have been taking lots of photos of my Mums (which is where I currently live) and have been utilising it to the best of my ability. For today’s Blogtober I thought I’d share my (current) garden in Autumn and all of the wonderful changes the season is bringing about.
Long gone are the days of bird feeders. With a household full of cats it doesn’t make much sense to actively encourage birds in to the garden. That said we’ve had plenty of blackbirds nesting in the guttering and I frequently hear a lone robin singing high from the treetop in our front garden. I do miss watching a flock of birds squabble around a feeder but now it’s also quite nice to spend time with some feline friends.
Mum’s garden is larger than my previous so I really utilised the space this year by growing a pumpkin. It took up lots of room but it was such a fun and rewarding experience I might otherwise not have had.
All the leaves are starting to fall now, but for weeks on end I’ve been greeted with the beautiful sight of bright red and yellow foliage cascading over the fence and creating a riot of Autumnal colour.
The Autumn has been bringing about plenty of garden spiders. I used to have such a deathly fear of the eight-legged creatures but since growing my pumpkin I have come to appreciate them a lot more. I noticed that apart from the pesky snails there were hardly any insects around my pumpkin plant – no beetles or flies or anything unwanted that may leg eggs in the vine. I came to think of the garden spiders as guardians of the pumpkin.
Just as the leaves begin to die so does this fruit-bearing tree in our front garden. We’re unsure what fruit tree this is as the fruit never reaches a size bigger than a small plum and it being green and hard it’s definitely not at an edible stage. The pip looks a lot like that of a peach though, weirdly.
Meanwhile a mild Autumn and a lack of frost has ensured that Mum’s potted plants are largely still going and adding a pop of colour to brighten our days.
We’ve even had some new plants pop through the soil, completely unplanned!
And flowers are not the only things that are thriving. The garden seems to have come alive with fungi. It’s amazing how many different types of mushroom I have found growing. I can’t identify them but would be interested in finding out if any were edible. I love mushroom spotting so this has been a particularly interesting find for me this year.
Autumn really is a very special time of year and I’m thankful that I still have a garden to appreciate it in!