We went for a walk yesterday, not our usual route into the woods but instead keeping to the fields so that we could pick from the hedgerows.
Most of the crops have been harvested, only the corn is remaining and the badgers are having quite a feast of it.
We took containers for blackberry picking.
The picked fruit hung overnight in the jelly bag and this morning it was made into bramble jelly.
I've also made several batches of plum jam
and baked a mixture of apples, pears and plums to put in the freezer.
I like to prepare the fruit in this way because it requires the minimum amount of sugar, just a sprinkling, unlike the huge amounts in the jams and jellies!
Although the sun was warm it felt very autumnal. The garden, and it's gardener, are starting to look a bit tired and bedraggled.
Most of the citrus are still outside while the weather holds.
But leaves are dying back, exposing the crops beneath,
whatever they are! (Grown from seeds exchanged at the seed swap.)
Colour is fading and the birds are enjoying the seed heads.
I love the combination of the globe thistle and bronze fennel through all it's stages, from the blue and yellow of flowering to the textural contrast as the colour fades and the seed heads form.
Yes, it's definitely autumn now!
The sedum is just starting to colour up
and things are going well in the greenhouse.
A few more cucumbers still to come
and the peppers and basil cropping well.
What's not to like!