To tell you all the truth September has been a bit of a blur. Two members of our family went off to college at the same time and it does take a while to get used to the new family dynamics. We feel rather like the way Bilbo describes himself to Gandalf in the 1937 novel by J.R.R Tolkien; “Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread.”
Now we are spread out in three different places and it takes some getting used to for all involved, but change is the only constant in the universe and we are very happy that all members of the family seem to be enjoying themselves.
In the garden things feel familiar and we are busy picking beans, blueberries, apples, pears and foraging for the odd blackberry.
It is great to see all the mushrooms and toadstools in the garden as they are a sign that the soil is healthy and full of life.
Around our main circle things have gone as they usually do at this time of year, a bit topsy-turvy from neglect. We don’t think this is a bad thing. The wilder the garden gets the more wildlife it contains. There will be plenty of time over the colder months to sort things out, do a bit of cutting back and tidying up to clear the paths and regain access to all parts of the land.
We are growing Jerusalem artichokes and they have really taken off this year. They are the tall plant seen in the background.We are looking forward to the tasty tubers in the coming weeks and months. If you leave some of them in the ground they will regrow and provide you with a crop for many years. They can even get a bit too prolific so think about where you place them.
The sun was shining for quite a few days and we did take some time to enjoy the garden in all its late summer beauty. Now we are looking forward to the fireworks of Autumn colour.