As autumn settles gently on the Clergy House Terrace, I confess to being on tenterhooks; my citrus trees decided to burst into fruit in late August. However, given the appalling weather, they have been slow in ripening - but are now tantalisingly close.
Elsewhere on the terrace, the olive trees are producing abundant fruit, and I look forward to a magnificent harvest! Having visited an Olive museum in Greece this summer, I picked up information about what is needed to turn these into table olives; they must first be soaked in water for a week to remove the bitterness, and then in brine for three months.
By the pond, they mix with nasturtiums, to cheer the heart on a cold day.Geraniums seem to be indestructible, but the delicate nicotiana is still flowering.
And, of course, the Coleus is Fabulous!