1September 1 (they’re all the same date – what was I doing?): Dahlia Jescot Julie
At long last, the centrepiece of the tropical bed appeared – perhaps next time, I’ll take account of the amount of shade.
2Gentians take centre stage
A welcome splash of early autumn colour which lasts right through October – all in the old Belfast sink.
3Bees on lavender
A real increase in bees in the garden this year – and they love lavender.
4Tomato Artisan Mix
Unusual shaped tomato, including a gold variation with stripes. Not the highest cropper but a good taste.
5Tomato Suncherry Smile
One of my favourites – a regular cropper and full of flavour, with a shiny skin.
6October 8: Arum italicum marmoratum fruits
The first time this clump has actually fruited in my garden. Very poisonous to us, loved by another garden inhabitant.
7October 8: Apple Red Falstaff
This tree’s been given a new lease of life by surrounding its rotting (and immovable) barrel with soil to extend its root run.
8October 8: Cucamelons end
Not a great crop this year… ah well, there’s always 2018.
9October 8: Canary Island palm
I bought a few palms (mostly in sales) in 2017, quite oblivious at the time of the restriction on imports coming into force – read about them and their effects here.
10October 8: Autumn raspberries
A good crop this year but I really must thin them out!
11October 8: Rosa glauca hips
I love looking at them but would far rather the birds had them!
12October 28: Sedum
Always a boost in autumn, several clumps of Sedum (ice plant) have ended up around the garden.
13October 28: Campanula
I’ve made big efforts to get rid of these tall bellflowers, which I didn’t plant, obviously missing this one.