Garden Diary: October 2021

Self seeded gourds in their weird and wonderful autumn shells – every one mysteriously different, and perfectly timed for Halloween smiles. For the next few months, these oddities are the only type of ‘ornament’ I’d want gracing our living room!

Decorative Gourds

Then they will be returned to the compost heap, and no doubt give us more surprises next year… Fur coated leaves will emerge through the spring coating of mulch. Tendrils will reach out & magically balance these oddities as they chaotically scramble over plants and along paths. They will again have to be kept in check as they threaten to suffocate nearby plants, extending their clinging stalks with a speed that makes total sense of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk!’

A delicate Welsh Poppy, quietly showcasing the brightest autumn orange, has been flowering for over a month now 🙂

Alexander Smith:

“In the entire circle of the year, there are no days so delightful as those of a fine October.”

It’s getting chilli – but these bright bombs will keep us hot in all manner of dishes through the winter!

Friends“? Maybe not quite, but they’ve certainly learnt to happily ‘live and let live’!

Jane Hirshfield:

“The heat of autumn is different from the heat of summer. One ripens the apples, the other turns them to cider.”

Among other vegetables and fruit, we have been lucky enough to have grown enormous crops of beans, cabbage and marrow this year; many from seeds saved from last year’s crop & all grown in nothing but home made compost. Gosh, those worms are busy!

  • French beans: purple x 22lb
  • French beans: green x 19lb
  • Runner beans: x 20lb
  • Cabbage (pointed / butterball / savoy) x 14
  • Marrow (average 6lb each) x 42
Two happy girls basking in the autumn sunshine

Bonaro W. Overstreet:

“October is a symphony of permanence and change.”
The race to harvest and store before winter sets in speeds up in October!

George Elliot:

“Come, said the leaves to the wind one day. Come o’er the meadows and we will play. Put on your dress, scarlet & gold, for summer is gone and the days grow cold.”


“I hope I can be the autumn leaf, who looked at the sky and lived. And when it was time to leave, gracefully it knew life was a gift.”
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9 thoughts on “Garden Diary: October 2021

  1. A beautifully constructed post. You are putting those knobbly gourds to good uses – first as decoration, then as compost. The other produce is impressive, too. I’ll forgive the chilli pun 🙂

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  2. Gorgeous images of a bountiful garden. The chicken and cute pup made me smile. Many moons ago, our dog had fun chasing chickens with no vet visits! I love the Welsh poppy.


  3. This is a fabulous feast of words and pictures. Goodness, even the slug looks pretty handsome!


  4. You write so beautifully Emma and your photos are stunning, too.

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    1. Thanks so much, June – Autumn certainly is a beautiful time of year!

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  5. Thank you for sharing! Love the colors!

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    1. Thanks so much Olivia – I love those warm oranges too!

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  6. Really atmospheric… lovely. M xxx

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