Well, it's autumn and time for tidying the garden. I have done what I hope is the last mow and am intending to get the lawn tractor serviced so as to be ready for the spring. Today I have cut the lower branches of the kaki tree - I think it's called persimone in English - not sure. The fruit is heavy and abundant so the branches had drooped too low to get the lawn tractor under and I could no longer park the car in the shade of this tree - it's a very convenient spot, close to the house.
I have now to get the grinder repaired - it's electric and won't switch on so the pile of vegetable rubbish on the patio is getting rather large and if I can't get the grinder mended quickly the pile will have to be loaded into the old car and taken to the rubbish dump. My composter needs attention and I have a lot of shrubs and trees that need to be cut - perhaps during the Toussaint holiday in three week's time.
I still have a few dahlias and asters in the border near the house and one brave little yellow rose. I need to get a professional to come in and cut the plane trees as that job is too big for me. Then I will install the winter bird feeders.
The fig tree has smaller figs than usual and there are fewer insects eating them. That may be an advantage for us but I am concerned about the lack of insects as it's another blow to biodiversity. There have been very few butterflies and I have only seen two ladybirds this year - though I did once see two glow worms when taking the dog out for her last trip of the evening and I haven't seen any of those for a long time. I haven't seen any hedgehogs either but there must be at least one as there are little "parcels" on the patio some mornings. Little Toad is still around but Big Toad has disappeared. I think he may have reached the end of his life span as he has been around for a number of years.
Does anyone know which is the best kind of hedge to plant to encourage the birds to nest? We have fewer and fewer birds, which is sad and I'd like to do my bit to encourage them.
How is everyone else doing with their autumn gardening?