The Changing Seasons, October 2019


Kakabeak seedling No. 1. Image: Su Leslie 2019

I just looked back over my past few Changing Seasons posts, and this will be the third consecutive month I’ve talked about how cold and rainy and windy it’s been.

Consequently, once again I haven’t strayed far from home, and have taken very few photos. The silver lining though is that I’ve spent time extra working on the horticulture course I’m taking and have passed the first paper.

If I had to sum October up, I’d say it’s been a growing month. Lots of the seeds I’ve planted have germinated — including a second kakabeak. New plants that we’ve been able to shelter are thriving and we should be able to pick the first tomatoes quite soon. My gardening knowledge has grown, and with it my confidence.

I’d still really like some sunshine soon though. Especially as I’m off to New Plymouth tomorrow to explore the Taranaki Garden Festival and Sustainable Backyard Trail.

So apologies in advance if I’m a little slow to update the Changing Seasons blogroll. With luck I’ll be filling my brain with free-range, sustainably grown, nutrient-dense ideas (and my tummy with yummy produce).

About The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge where bloggers around the world share what’s been happening in their month.

If you would like to join in, here are the guidelines:

The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):

  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them

The Changing Seasons Version Two (you choose the format):

  • Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so others can find them.

If you do a ping-back to this post, I can update it with links to all of yours.


Pauline at Living in Paradise

Jude at Life at the Edge

Little Pieces of Me

Tish at Writer on the Edge

Joanne at My Life Lived Full

Tracy at Reflections of an Untidy Mind

Lani at Life, the Universe and Lani

Sarah at Art Expedition

Ju-Lyn at All Things Bright and Beautiful\

A Wonderful Sheep

Donna at DJ Ranch

Brian at Bushboys World

And a huge welcome to …

Amy at The world in a Book

Tatiana at Travelways

Margaret at From Pyrenees to Penines

Horse Addict

… all of whom are joining us for the first time this month.


61 thoughts on “The Changing Seasons, October 2019

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  3. I realised when I looked at my last few months how I am always leaving it to the last minute to get to the garden walk I have been recording – usually because of the darn weather! Anyway this month I made it a little earlier due to a lovely sunny day that was too good to stay inside. Goodness knows how I’ll manage the next two months though!

    And nothing wrong with staying close to home. Your lovely photos are evidence of that. I rarely go anywhere and enjoy nothing more than spending time in my little garden.

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  4. I love this Changing Seasons series because I get to experience spring and the bounty of summer in the Southern Hemisphere while we are hunkering down for the long cold winter. Seeing the new shoots and delicate flowers reminds me that spring will come again.

    Good luck with your horticultural course. I think you are going to be an amazing gardener!!

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  16. Ooh! Your kakabead seedling is looking very well and thriving, Su! 😀 And I love the promise of fruit on your plum and fig tree! Can you believe that I didn’t eat any plums this year?! I somehow forgot to buy any and then the time was over. 😦 Would really love to have a small garden with fruit trees and vegetable beds one day. I know it’s lots of hard work but to be able to grow your own food – priceless! Hope you have a great trip to New Plymouth! xxxxx

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  18. I am terribly envious of you Su – your gift in growing things. Such beautiful pictures you have taken of them.

    Glad to hear the course is going well. I took a Horticulture course in High School and enjoyed it. But somehow managed to kill off the fern I was taking care of. That’s when I realised it wasn’t all about the science.

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    • I’m not sure I have much of a gift for growing (100% failure rate with beetroot seeds recently), but I am learning patience and observation, which I suspect may turn out to the real gift.
      I wish horticulture was an option in schools here — or even just funding school gardens so that kids could learn the most fundamental of life skills: being part of the natural environment, and growing food.


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  22. Great entry about the seedlings. Like to see more of this. I have planted lemon seeds, and grapefruit seeds but didn’t mark them. Do you know what a grapefruit seedling looks like? Do you have images of grapefruit seedlings? Thanks …either way.


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