Next week they are predicting 3 degrees at night so you would assume that things are winding down in the back garden. Yes, the fruit trees are turning yellow leaved and naked stemmed.
However, most of the garden seems to still be green and not at all ready for the cold weather that is about to hit. I don’t blame them though, it has been unseasonably warm up until this week with highs of 21 degrees during the day, it was even 19 at night the other week.
So here are six things that don’t know what is about to hit them:
Passionfruit vine is still producing flowers (and fruit!), the fruit is small and will not ripen before winter but it was a nice effort. I would have expected it to be dormant by now so I am hoping the ‘sudden’ cold doesn’t kill it. It has a slow start to the season and I almost thought it would not amount to much – but it is now six foot so it made up for lost time – let’s hope that was not in vain.
Dahlia, I know that dahlia are technically perennial and could grow all year round if the weather was good but I did not think it would still be flowering. These plants were also slow to start with the cold weather in April I was not able to plant them out until very late due to the snow and renovations. So, by the time they were planted the tubers were all shrivelled and shoots were appearing. They grew tall but then were shadowed and ‘trampled’ by the physallis that was growing next to them.
Daffodils, these are a small flowered daffodil that I bought from the Orchid show back in April. The flowered for ages and then took even longer to die back so I am quite surprised to see them shooting up considering they normally would be around after the winter or at least not until February. I wonder if they will survive the winter and flower at normal time or try to flower and then die.
Impatiens, I thought would be dead by now in general; I planted them back in July in a bulk bedding pack and they have survived underwatering; too much sun; too much shade; and squirrel attacks. Like the dahlia, I did not think they would still be flowering this late in the season but I am grateful for it because they do brighten up a corner when everything else is dying and grey.
Sweet potato are destine to be harvested before the cold weather but they have done quite well so far. I also have 12 plants waiting at the allotment so we will see what kind of harvest we collect – it was very hard to keep up with the watering at the allotment. The other things in this bed are strawberries which are still flowering and fruiting (not too much ripening is going on though) and asparagus. The strawberries will be moved next year as they were too successful (is there such a thing?) and crowding out the asparagus and rhubarb, which sensibly died back last week or so, now it is in the shade.
Lastly, ‘misty purple’ and ‘misty red’ chrysanthemums – eww I hear you say; yes, I agree but these are the puff ball kind I was talked into buying when I went to RHS Hampton court . They look kind of cool and not at all like regular chrysanthemums, however, I may have been conned on two levels – the ones on display were of course show quality so will not look like mine and although the label says ‘misty red’ these are indeed both purple plants and I was hoping for the red kind.
(They are supposed to flower at this time so not really a surprise – perhaps more of a surprise that they actually survived being unearthed by squirrels several time)
Do you have anything acting strangely in your garden at the moment? Against the weather or unexpected for this time of year?
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