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October is crisp days and cool nights

October is crisp days and cool nights, a time to curl up around the dancing flames and sink into a good book. ~John Sinor (1930–1996), in San Diego Union-Tribune Well British summer time is ending, autumn is here and the clocks are going back an hour. Did you know that we have been doing this since 1916? Well, not me personally. And it’s amazing how many plants are in flower now. The chrysanthemums are just coming out, giving some yellow brightness. And the raised bed is still full of colour, with the fuchsias looking great. We are down to just 2 sunflowers now, though. We are using the old heads to put in the garden over the winter for the birds to feed on. The veg garden has a mixture of n

It's a funny kind of month, October

It's a funny kind of month, October. For the really keen cricket fan it's when you discover that your wife left you in May. ~Denis Norden, 1977 The Anglo-Saxons called October ‘ Winterfylleth’ a word made from ‘winter’ and ‘full moon’. And they thought that winter started on October’s full moon. So according to this, winter starts on the 23rd. And I haven’t got used to it being autumn yet. As the nights get longer it seems to be feeling more wintery, with nights getting colder too. But we have had some sunny days recently. I was surprised to find some of last year’s crocus left in the raised bed were up already. They obviously think it’s spring. We worked in the yard this week, mainly pottin

Poppy Appeal

Old Town Bloom Community Garden Project is decorating the garden to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of First World One. On Wednesday the 24th October and Friday 26th 11-1pm we will be upcycling plastic bottles to make poppies for our display. So feel free to Join us. On Friday the 2nd and 9th November 10-12 pm we will be installing any poppies made for the display ~(perfect time to pop by with any that you have made). On Saturday the 10th November 1-3 pm we will be having Afternoon Tea in the garden and remembering those that served in the First World War ~ all welcome! We will be joined by The Royal British Legion, Rotary Club of Runcorn and Runcorn Women's Institute. As well a

The air is wild with leaves

Listen! the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves. We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves. ~Humbert Wolfe, P.L.M.: Peoples, Landfalls, Mountains, 1936 Well the wind has definitely been rising and it’s been whistling through the garden this week. But what a lovely sunny day we had weeding in the garden on Wed. It was like summer again. I found myself sunbathing on our bench and looking round the garden as though I was a visitor. Wetter weather now though. The winds have been blowing yellowing leaves off the trees and shrubs. If you notice fallen leaves in the garden can you pick them up and put them behind Bugingham Palace. They will be great for our overwintering

October, ruddy-cheeked, comes o'er the plains

October, ruddy-cheeked, comes o'er the plains, And as with rustling step it speeds along, Its feet beat music to the harvest song... ~Albert Laighton (1829–1887), "October," c.1859 It’s October, a busy month and not just because my birthday is coming up. The weather is getting colder now, so some of our more cold sensitive plants are beginning to die down. Finished sunflower heads are being chopped off ready to dry and feed the winter birds. And we have bulbs to sort and plant. Weeds are growing everywhere too, they never seem to go. I’m still picking a few things growing in the garden. Our volunteer Fred has been happily munching on the lettuce. And we have ripening chillies too. Mainly

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