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Garden Diary: September and October
ambree40
This is going to be the last entry in my "Garden Diary" series. The garden is preparing for its winter rest. The project has brought me a lot of joy. It's made me love our garden even more than I already did. I'm going to miss taking the photos and preparing them for posting, here on LJ. Sharing the pictures has been a large part of the fun. I would like to thank all my LJ friends who have commented on the series over the past 8 months.

Here is the harvest of September and October pictures. First, the very photogenic ivy (Hedera helix), just before the flowers opened.

ivy (Hedera helix) photo 1. Hedera helix_zpsrxgnpbzw.jpg


Once the flowers had opened the whole ivy bush started to buzz with insects.

ivy flowers (Hedera helix) photo 2. hedera flowers_zpsqnruwh0q.jpg


Some species are a real asset to the garden because they flower for such a long time (the Fuchsia), or start all over again in autumn (the pink climbing rose).

 photo fuchsia amp roos_zpsctvn4t2i.jpg


On the other hand, some species just don't shrive in our garden. This wild Clematis is called "travellers joy" in English because of the lovely feathery seeds that stay on the plant all winter. But our 3m high climber just produced a single branch of flowers in late September. So, it has to go.

traveller's joy (Clematis) photo 3. clematis_zpsk580iqb6.jpg


A few years ago, we planted Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) against the wall of the garden shed, where it's doing quite well.

Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) photo 4. small sunflower_zpsahi8g0en.jpg


Some of our garden plants were already there when we moved in, more than 30 years ago. These are old-fashioned varieties of Aster (now called Symphyotrichum novae-anglia). Their common name is Michaelmas daisy, we have a purple and a lilac variety.

purple Michaelmas daisy photo 7. violet aster_zpsrfqrh6je.jpg

lilac Michaelmas daisy (Symphyotrichum novae-anglia) photo 6. lilac aster_zpsx3p916lr.jpg


Another plant that has been here for a very long time is Taxus baccata (Irish yew). It was probably planted when the house was built in 1924 and is now about 10m high. In autumn it's full of berries. Their shape always reminds me of stuffed olives. Once the starlings and blackbirds discover these delicacies, the berries are usually gone within a few days.

Irish yew (Taxus) photo 10. taxus_zps21vsg5nw.jpg


The Spindle Tree is now showing the orange berries hidden within the red seed pods.

spindle tree (Euonymus) photo 9. kardinaalsmuts_zpsbs0bz28z.jpg


In these months I also saw many beautiful insects in the garden:
The Red Admiral

red admiral photo 11. Atalanta_zpst8iga7ol.jpg

A green grasshopper

grass hopper photo 12. sabelsprinkhaan_zpsr6alyl1n.jpg

A hawthorn shield bug and a crane fly

hawthorn shield bug & crane fly photo 13. wants amp langpootmug_zpsougevlpw.jpg

And, of course, lots of spiders. This is the European garden spider.

European garden spider (Araneus diadematus) photo 14. spin_zpsizvxuq8j.jpg

I know many people hate spiders but I don't. They weave such beautiful webs.
Who wouldn't love the creature that produced this "web of pearls".

 photo 15. web of pearls_zpspv6jcs2v.jpg

As it's the last day of October, I would like to say Happy Halloween to everyone!

Tomorrow I'm off to Amsterdam to celebrate my daughter's birthday. I've always been glad she was born on All Saints' Day.

EDIT
Previous entries in this series:
February: http://ambree40.livejournal.com/34186.html
March: http://ambree40.livejournal.com/35170.html
April: http://ambree40.livejournal.com/35856.html
May: http://ambree40.livejournal.com/37370.html
June: http://ambree40.livejournal.com/38434.html
July: http://ambree40.livejournal.com/39646.html
August: http://ambree40.livejournal.com/40167.html

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I've enjoyed your garden posts and will miss them over the winter. We've tried several varieties of clematis over the years and never had any luck. Don't know why. Your insect pictures are lovely and interesting. Except for the mini-Shelobs, that is. I really do not like spiders, lol!! *shivers*

I'm glad you enjoyed my garden posts, Addie. I enjoyed making them.
We've had that wild clematis for many years, and it never did really well, but we always gave it another chance. Perhaps the soil is just too acidic. Now we have to decide what else to put there. It's a south-facing wall and rather dry in summer. Not easy.
Sorry for posting the spider pics. :-)

No need to apologize for spider pics! They are a part of every garden, too. :)

What beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing, and Happy Halloween!

You're welcome. I'm glad you liked the pictures. And thanks for commenting on these posts. Much appreciated!

These are just stunning. THank you for sharing. Hope you and your daughter have a lovely day.

Thank you, Linda. Have a nice Sunday.

Once again your photography skill takes my breath away. These photos are stunning.

How is your daughter's health now?

I hope you had a fun Halloween. Is it a popular holiday in your country?

Thank you, Yeux. I'm glad you liked the photos. The insects were quite hard to catch, especially the butterfly.
Fortunately, everything was OK with my daughter at her last check up in September. So, we are hopeful but she sometimes still has attacks of anxiety (and so have I). Thanks for asking.
No, we don't celebrate Halloween over here. But we have the festival of St Martinus, on November 11th, when small children come at your door carrying a lighted lantern and sing a song. You give them some candy.

I'm coming SO late to this party....i looked at the post the day you made it and wanted to reply, but was too short on time....

...STILL short on time! Darn, where do they manufacture that stuff? I need to buy a week's worth!

In any case, I hope that you have not finished forever with your garden posts. I've so loved them, and would enjoy just seeing your friends when they sleep beneath the coverlet of snow.

(and I love the spiders and their webs...i took some pics of diademed webs last year at our local nature park....they are truly lovely, aren't they?)

Have a wonderful visit with your daughter! thank you again for sharing your beautiful garden with us!

Hi Jan, nice to see you.
Although I've never been really poor I think I know how that feels by just substituting the lack of money for the lack of time. It was an incredible blessing to find oceans of time once I had retired.
We had a lovely day celebrating my daughter's birthday. After the festive lunch my dad beat us all at scrabble, scoring 80 points with one word. He's a marvel at 97.
I'm glad you have enjoyed my garden posts. Of course, I'll post more photos when I get the inspiration.

wow, scoring an 80 pointer at Scrabble is amazing at any age!!!!! It must be an incredible joy for all the family generations to be together. Very happy for you.

Will look forward to any/all garden posts that you are inspired to make. Thanks to the 'net, I can go back and bask in the past ones, and that will be a very good thing indeed. Thank you again!

Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing :-)

You're welcome, Jane. I'm glad you liked the pictures. :-)

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