Garden – End of Summer Report 2017

As we near the end of the summer season, we see the heather is in bloom,  the apples are on the tree and the plant and tree colours are changing. It hasn’t been a great summer for weather, but overall it has been a good year in the garden, with a few disappointments and surprises as earlier reports suggest.

We are still eating tomatoes from the greenhouse, and the small plum tomatoes that I tried this year for the first time have been cropping away above my expectations. Muriel is preparing to make chutney with the green tomatoes, which will be left, and  the apples on the tree will be harvested shortly for the making of apple and bramble jelly, and stewed apples, which are stored for use throughout the winter.

This week we cut the garden side of our very tall hedge, and next week we plan to cut the other side, which is in the park area behind the house. My son Cameron is coming to help with that. I hope to get the deck painted, if only we could get a few dry days, and soon it will be time to plant up the Spring bulbs again and to take cuttings for over wintering in the greenhouse. How the seasons fly! The garden reminds me of the faithfulness of God, not only throughout the earthly seasons, but reminds me of His faithfulness to us throughout the changing seasons of our life.

“As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.”

Well every season has its beauty and challenges and we look forward now to the autumn and to getting the greenhouse heating system up and running. I hope you have enjoyed the garden as much as I have this year and that you get tidied up for the winter in the coming weeks. I’d like to hear how you got on.


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I'm am a married man, a father, grandfather and great grandfather who has been married to Muriel for 62 years. I have worked as an Engineer in the Sugar Business, and as a Manager in the Relief and Development sector. Firstly however, I'm a follower of Jesus Christ and this fact has shaped my life and work.

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