With better planning I could, perhaps, have got this belated edition out on Friday and thus would have marked, to the very day, the autumn equinox - the point at which day and night are of equal length - we have left summer behind and the days gradually shorten
One of the good things about being a gardener - however unskilled - is a deeper appreciation of the change in the seasons and the passing of time. This has been all the more poignant for me in recent weeks and explains why I failed to write a episode, as I had planned, exactly one month ago
If you look back to the previous blog (26 July 2002) you will find a video about the Rosarium in Boskoop, in the Netherlands. Its restoration owes much to our good friend, Jan den Haan. Little did I realise as I wrote those few words that within weeks cancer would claim his life
|This is the Dorpskerk - literally, village church - in Boskoop|
(However, Boskoop is more than village these days)
No sooner had we returned home - I was away for just three days - and we seemed to immediately enter into mourning for Queen Elizabeth. The two experiences merged into one - possibly because both Her Majesty and a humble Dutchman shared the same Christian hope. I'll try to say more about that before we finish
|Sometimes a single picture seems to say it all|
A lady in Bakhmut , Ukraine - see report below
Taking advice from a friend I transferred the money using Wise.com (formerly Transfer Wise). I mention this both in terms of transparency and recommendation. The transaction cost only a few pounds and was seamless - thus £1400 went to Poland (1600 euros at the time, it would be less now!) - and is already being used. [On an earlier occasion it cost me £25 to transfer £1000, using the standard inter-bank system - so I'm impressed with Wise, they seem to be doing a good job. Get in touch if you wish to know more - there could be a further saving]
|We are still in business, supplying plants and giving advice. |
We have even branched out a bit - here are grasses provided for a
recent project. Watch out for news on a makeover next month
Hardly had the dust settled on the transfer when I heard from the giving charity that I normally use, Stewardship, that due diligence was complete and that I could open up the giving channel planned back in March. I will certainly do this so please look out next month (October) for details
However, it does raise an issue that I'd like to be open about. As many readers are aware, Garden Codger cares for Mrs Codger. The word 'care' here has both the personal and technical connotation so I have to think about the year ahead and how much time and effort I am able devote to my Codgerly efforts. I'm working on that balance right now and hope to say more in the next episode. In the meantime, thanks to everyone who has continued to support this year
|This specimen is about a foot across|
More interesting was the insect activity on this sunflower. You may remember my saying that I never sow sunflowers but always end up rearing a small tribe. Rather inconveniently they chose the raspberry bed this year - crowding out newly planted raspberries. But Codger has softened in his old age and tends to let live
|Ladybird larvae about their business|
|These plants are still providing a steady supply of fruit. They only|
get the morning sun so I pick them nearly ripe - this encourages
the remaining fruit to ripen. They will go on into October
|Tigella did well - note the stripes|
|As I say, close planting|
|You can click here for Times Radio|
The main way I stay on top of the agenda is by listening to the daily Telegraph podcast - Ukraine: The Latest. Most probably the easiest way of getting this is via YouTube (but no piccies - it's a podcast!). I find this daily update penetrating and informative. It must represent a significant investment on the part of this particular news outlet. The team includes Dominic Nicholls; he did did 23 years in the military before entering journalism and is spot on - in fact, the whole team is excellent - they even have a tame historian!
For those, like me, who do not have the Gaelic - here are the words from Psalm 118
I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done.
The Lord has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death.
Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter.
I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.
.. best wishes from Garden Codger
PS - I'm hoping that the next edition will be out in four weeks time - that's the plan. Until then a few shots taken during August and September ... ...
|Echinacea at RHS Bridgewater - this one is Rubinglow|
|Back at home - I think this one is Parasol (getting colder now - but I've still got a few available)|
|The Dutch like them, too. Photo during during a quick look around a huge garden centre|
|I think this dahlia is spectacular - can't stop photographing it|
|It looks good in the rain, too|
|Picked today. Pears ripen off the bough - a delight to anticipate: Doyenne du Comice|