A touch of frost this morning which soon turned into another sunny day. We have harvested all our apples now. Some of the Bramleys showed evidence of insect damage. We think earwigs were the culprits – there were plenty to be seen on the apples as we picked them. The horticultural/fruit growing experts seem to be divided about whether earwigs really are responsible for damage or merely taking advantage of cavities created by some other creature – coddling moth, perhaps.
We have cleaned, peeled, sliced and frozen the most badly damaged fruit, given some of the best to neighbours and stored the remainder of the undamaged ones. There will be no shortage of apple tarts in the Parker household this winter! We made chutney with the last of the James Grieve apples which do not keep as well as the Bramleys.
Despite my concerns earlier in the year, we have had runner beans. Enough to be able to freeze several batches.
Michaelmass Daisies are looking lovely in the front border.
So are the dahlias
So are the dahlias, seen here with bright red crab apples. Below are two examples of orange berries on pyracantha. In the second image, note how few red berries there are on the adjacent cotoneasters. That is because four thrushes took up residence for a couple of weeks and feasted on them.
Elsewhere the phygus keeps on flowering, as do the little crimson hydrangea and the water lillies.
In the raised bed carrots and beetroot are doing alright. We have sampled baby versions of both. Something is eating the young cabbage plants, however. I suspect slugs or snails. I hope the thrushes were as efficient at gobbling them up as they were the cotoneaster berries! I’ve made a third sowing and this time protected the bed with copper tape and the row with wool pellets.