The Changing Seasons ~ October In And Out Of The garden


It’s been Michaelmas madness over in the guerrilla garden. November today and these stalwart daisies are still going strong, the late flowering white ones being especially vigorous. I rather hated them when they were inside the garden. They wanted to take over, and when they weren’t doing that, they flopped everywhere.  But now set free along the field boundary, they have come into their own: pale drifts that seem faintly luminous in the autumn light.


There have been all sorts of other unlikely hangers on. Cosmos for one. And then a couple of weeks ago the shrubby convolvulus sprouted a host of buds, and now they’re popping open, each day several new silvery white flowers with pale pink stripes. They’ve not been put off by days of downpours, gusty winds or early morning frost. The perennial sunflower Helianthus Silver Queen, with her tall sprays of lemony flowers, has been putting on a show too. She seems to think October is her month to bloom.

Out around the town the lime trees are turning to gold and beginning to shed their leaves. England tends not to go in for spectacular vistas of autumn colour – more a case of subtle fading through many shades of rust and amber. But this year the Coxes apple tree in the garden made some very red apples – good enough for wicked queens to entrap the likes of Snow White. They weren’t many though and now they’ve mostly  been eaten in a Tarte Tatin.

The Changing Seasons: October 2019

44 thoughts on “The Changing Seasons ~ October In And Out Of The garden

  1. Your patch always looks so English and bucolic to me Tish, the gorgeous autumn light on the lime trees andI love the last photo of those bulls ruminating

    1. They are the dopiest bulls. I had quite a conversation with the sandy coloured one the other day. Let me stroke his nose once I’d leant over to make eye contact. On the other hand I think he had notions about eating my hat.

  2. All looks lovely Tish. I’m lying awake listening to the wind which has been the worst I’ve ever known. Apparently 70-80mph gusts! Can’t help wondering what’s going on in the dark.

  3. I had to go and look up a Tarte Tatin. This looks both delicious and easy to make! I’ve just added it to my to-do list 🙂

    Your October looks like it’s full of so much more colour from flowers than we get. Our flowers, wild or otherwise, are long gone by now. It’s all so pretty – especially the 2nd photo!

  4. And do I love these images? I can’t believe how beautiful your garden is still. Everything is grey and dull over here now. You cheered me up – thank you!

  5. The apples look delicious and I imagine would have been fantastic in a Tarte Tatin. I hope you were spared the worst of the wind and rain — shame to lose those last blooms overnight.

  6. Heavenly! There’s nothing like enjoying, working in, taking photos of and writing about your own garden. When that’s not possible, there is a garden shown on 15 November 2019 at

    I also enjoyed the Pentre Ifan post.

    I’m now following your blog. Thank you for sharing.

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