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October clean up

It is always a good idea to have a family visit to motivate you to get the garden looking great! This got me energized and I have enjoyed the manual labour! Got all the muscle groups working! I ordered bags and bags of compost and bark for mulch and got my act together! It might not look like much from the photos but the whole garden was tackled!

I also have some really beautiful blooms to show you!

My roses are finally blooming!

Apple blossoms all over. I can’t wait for these to become golden delicious apples this year!

Love my Irises – the white are my favourite!

My little broody Tara – I can’t snap her out of this! There are NO eggs and she sits and sits on the nest! So I have closed the door – but this makes me more sad! She sits on the balcony! What to do!?

[one_half]Apple blossoms![/one_half]

[one_half_last]Fuchsias are looking so pretty[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Rose bush full of roses! Fab![/one_half]

[one_half_last]Buckets of Lavnder[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Wild corn flowers[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Chamomile are in bloom-Tea anyone?[/one_half_last]

Tea Tree bush is also in bloom

[one_half]Love the mix of peas with nasturtium flowers[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Chives in bloom[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Blueberries en masse[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Peaches growing! Yum![/one_half_last]

Angel’s fishing rods! Dierama – I love them!




Favourite Figs for summer!




[one_half]Everything composted and mulched![/one_half]

[one_half_last]Cut and cleared! lots of work[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Attention shows its colours![/one_half]

[one_half_last]First rose in the rose patch[/one_half_last]

What I see is so many more flowers than I planned for when I originally started my vegetable garden. However, they are all linked. Every bloom gives a treasure or a pleasure – they are all welcome now in my part of the world!

Happy spring gardening xxxx


By Barbara

Country living is the best! Being a true spirit of the earth, my garden is all about vegetables and fruit trees and herbs and chickens roaming free. I was keen to really start gardening when we moved to Philadelphia in 2005, but not your typical suburban-type garden – sterile and bug-free! I wanted an edible garden.

12 replies on “October clean up”

As we’re bracing for winter here in Virginia, I enjoy your lovely reminders of spring. 🙂

If you have a neighbor who has chickens (and a rooster) perhaps you could get some fertilized eggs for Tara to hatch.

Hi Barbara. Your garden looks great! i also ended up with more flowers in my vegetable garden than originally planned. I see also have fruit trees. Do you have a lot of space? Or can they be squeezed into a normal sized garden.

I don’t have a large plot – an average size garden, so it is carefully planned. I have 8 fruit trees – fig, lemon, guava, loquat, peach, 2 x apple and quince. Most are small so in time to come, I hope to eat lots of my own fruit! I still want an orange tree 🙂

You really do have a lot of pretty blooms to show. Great time of year for your garden. I like the buckets of lavender too. Your chicken, Tara, is adorable, even if broody.

Tara is a real sweetie! I am o enjoying these Barred Rock chickens. They are real free range chickens – they know how to scratch without over damaging my garden. Not like my previous chickens that ate like horses and ruined my garden in a day.

A treasure or a pleasure – that made me smile. I can’t believe your roses are already blooming! (And they are fabulous!) It’s closer to winter here than I thought! All your blooms are beautiful. Sorry to hear about Tara. I hope she snaps out of it soon.

I am so excited to see the flush of roses-last year they weren’t so great. Lets hope all the composting and mulching helps to bring a great year of blooms. Tara is still in the doldrums. I am thinking she has a screw loose. 🙂

You are so right! There are days of heavy rain, wintery wind and showers then the sun comes out so hot it bakes everything. Today it feels like winter “-)
I guess I love this time of year.

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