Thursday, October 23, 2008

Autumn is Here!

I can tell when autumn is here not only by the changing colours of the leaves, or the low hard sun in the sky but by looking round my garden

My Caster Oil Plant, I can still remember the first time it flowered, I believe two years ago on this blog, since then it has been dug up cut back and re-planted and this year yet again it shows me its different developments of its flower..

It always flowers at this time of year, and I love it because it is so different to anything else I have in the garden,

I was given a tuber of this flower Impatiens tinctoria (I believe)

yes there are other types of 'Bizzy Lizzie' lots and lots I have the book to prove it! This one is currently 1 metre tall and flowering away merrily, a sight for sore eyes at this time of year!!

My tree ferns have loved our awful summer and have grown amazingly well, I will stuff the crowns with fleece and leave them to there own devices this winter. This is the small one

and my bigger one has masses of fronds

A sure sign of colder days and nights is I can find the cats relatively easily

Jake's favourite position is half in and half out of the cat flap, I have yet to get a pic but I will

he comes and goes as he pleases now, but I lock them all in at night! Although he is timid he acts quite dominant on occasions, Sassy does not like him at all and avoids him at all costs, when they do meet everyone can hear it. Funnily enough neither Sassy or Tango have given him a swipe, Chimarnie my old cat would have, its all Jake needs, maybe its not in the nature of a Burmese?? Watching him round the house I understand how important a tail is to a cat, he is definitely not as agile.

Sassy likes to be as close to me as she can

sitting on the chair next to me when I'm on the computer. She is so sweet.

Tango is sneezing alot

and is not complaining to much about being shut in, which is unusually for him. I have checked for other symptoms of 'Cat flu' but he doesn't seem to have them, he is drinking and eating so maybe its just the sniffles.

In the autumn I come in from the garden and start to make and do in the home, I have been quite busy so have some nice things to share with you, but not right now. I am away for a few days visiting my mum so will be back next week.

Don't forget the hour changes this weekend!


Yolanda Elizabet said...

It's good to see that Tango and Sassy are more or less tolerating Jake. That is a big success as far as introducing an adult cat is concerned.

Love those gorgeous tree ferns, it's clear that they loved all that rain we'd been having.

Libbys Blog said...

Thank you Yolanda, I must admit I am surprised how well its gone too. I have to watch Sassy doesn't get pushed out, T had a go at her yesterday and got a swift squirt of water. I have put her favourite bean bag infront of the fire and she is happy especially if I am sat crafting in the same room!

Lottie said...

Well the cats look like they are comfortable in each others company.

You Castor Oil plant looks amazing - and of course your greenhouses are just perfect.

You seem to have putting your plants to bed - down to a 'T' lots of hard work no doubt but you make it look easy

Cheryl said...

Lovely to see your plants and cats \libby....tree ferns are fab....have a good weekend......

GutsyWriter said...

Your plants look more like the ones I saw in Belize than in the UK.
The weather must have changed to tropical since I lived there. Great photos.

GutsyWriter said...

P.S. Just scrolled down, and since I'm new to your blog, I saw the answer. The GREENHOUSE!

Libbys Blog said...

Ah yes GutsyWriter but I only use the greenhouse over winter!!! lol!!!

Sheila said...

I hadn't seen a Caster Oil plant flower before. You must live in the tropical part of the UK..LOL
All tender plants are finshed in my garden as we have had two hard frosts this week, and snow flurries.