Last Thursday afternoon the thermometer on the terrace read 32 degrees, this morning it was 12 degrees. It's time to adjust to autumn, although I refuse to put all my summer clothes away, just in case. The colours are changing, hosta leaves starting to turn gold and wither, but the hibiscus is flowering beautifully and looks quite exotic in my otherwise very English garden.
I'm still picking raspberries daily and will be starting some raspberry vodka this weekend, a winter warmer to sip in front of the fire in the Christmas holidays. The little cyclamen plants lean towards the light, and I've been giving runner beans to all my neighbours. I cooked a particularly stringy and indigestible bean yesterday, but I'm doing my best to keep on top of the runners and I'll be making an annual batch of Valentine Warner's Runner Bean Chutney, which really does mellow well and is great with cheddar, particularly in cheese toasties.
This week's post for How Does Your Garden Grow?