As ever, the gardening year has been a mixture of success and failure.
The seed heads look rather pretty, but that's not the point!
I've picked some to put in the house.
The brassica bed is another hit and miss affair; sprouts only middling, lots of caterpillar damage on the primo cabbage and the red cabbage a disaster!
But there is a new crop of mange tout to enjoy while the mild weather continues.
The garden looks bedraggled and our main activity at the moment is leaf sweeping. There's colour to be found
but the flowers can be appreciated more easily when brought inside away from the wind.
Some of the auriculas are giving a second flush of flower.
It's jam-packed in the greenhouse
with seedlings and cuttings for next spring
and anything else that might benefit from a bit of cover.
My friend Molly lost her battle with leukaemia and last Friday I went to her funeral. She was a great gardener and we had many good times together, weekends away exploring gardens in differing parts of the country. We liked the same things and often shared a purchase, choosing plants that looked promising for division. We thought that we were being very economical but of course it was just an excuse to buy more than our conscience would otherwise allow! In typical character she planned her funeral in every detail. We were to wear bright colours and bring pink roses. I picked a bouquet from the garden because I know that she would have appreciated that the most, flowers whose names she would know, some that she would have remembered from our various jaunts. I added rosemary and rue.
In each season of the year I have flowers in my garden that will remind me of Molly.
Her service ended with a track of Frank Sinatra singing, 'fly me to the moon' so here is tonight's moon with pink roses for Molly
and for Friday Skywatch.