After the disappointment of a lack of flowers and wildlife in my Small Suburban Garden this summer I admit that I've rather neglected it in recent weeks, however, I did venture outside for a look round this afternoon. Clearly it's still quite mild for the time of year because I have a few alyssum and lobelia dotted about. There's also a couple of late marigolds. The buddleia are sprouting new leaves despite me severely cutting them back, and the parsley remains defiantly strong.
A couple of weeks ago I decided to cut back some of the jasmine that had overgrown around my shed guttering, but now it just looks a bit of a mess. It's uncovered some rotten wood on my fencing and the bee hotels I put out there several years ago now need replacing. Those are jobs that will now have to wait until next spring. There's a few bright orange berries on the magnolia and shiny black ones on what's left of the jasmine. Hopefully the birds will enjoy those.
The wild cherry tree looks very autumnal against the blue sky and after sweeping up dead leaves the garden does look a bit tidier, although there's only so much I can do (it's not a 'magic' broom!)