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FOG, BRUSSELS SPROUTS, EASY HOUSE PLANT
POT'S GROWING ON: 18.11.22
Although it’s sunny here now, for much of this week the valley has been shrouded in a dense fog. A dramatic end to the mild autumn weather we’ve had and, as the fog cleared, so did the warmth. Winter temperatures have arrived, the ghastly fleeces we have to wear too. With energy prices so high we’re being stingy with the heating. At least the energy crisis can’t affect what we see outside in the garden and wild. Stay warm everyone.
This week I removed the lower leaves from all of the brassicas to give better access for birds to pick off caterpillars, slugs and whitefly. Brussel sprouts are in abundance and ready to be picked. They taste better after a frost but you don’t have to wait.
The leaves all went onto the compost heap, alongside older chard leaves, creating a colourful neon pile! Not all leaves in the garden should be cleared, as I wrote in this article earlier in the week.
Oak trees in the mist.
When the fog hides the view it’s as if our garden is floating in cloud. Everything is starting to die back now.
I’ve been carefully observing the plants in the garden to see how the new ones have bulked up this year and where gaps are for next year.
My short watercolour course is sadly coming to an end next week and we’re working on a second project, starting with the base washes (above). It’s of a water scene with boats. I loved that many people on social media thought it also looked like birch bark, which it does.
An as yet unknown mushroom in our lawn, I’m hoping it will multiply next year.
The plant here is Asparagus densiflorus ‘Myersii’, an easy houseplant that yes, is related to asparagus but is definitely not edible. We started painting our new home when we moved in last year and did reasonably well at first, painting the living room and making a start on various other rooms. But it proved too much for us alongside our work and garden, so we sought help from a local decorators who did a brilliant job. Now we’re arranging houseplants and furniture to finally make the new house our home. This is in my studio.
The view out of the studio window obscured, for now, by the fog.
Allium seed heads still hanging on in a couple of spots.
The sun burning through the fog above the hedge to the main garden.
Larch, Larix decidua, a deciduous conifer with striking autumnal colours before the needles drop.
I’ve received most of the trees and shrubs I want to add this year, including three witch hazels with this moody, colourful autumn foliage. I’ll be discussing the exact cultivars, the conditions they prefer and why I chose them, out of all the hundreds of other tree options, in Decembers main Wild Way Newsletter (for paid subscribers).