There was a time when the autumn harvest was all about potatoes and apples, but there are so many new crops and new types of existing crops that we are spoilt for choice as to what to pick, leave a bit longer or even take a chance with crops left in the ground in case we get yet another mild winter.
As a keen gardener we do our best to make the garden look great all year round.
I have had a fascination and love for lilies most of my gardening life.
Growing fruit trees like apples, pears and plums today is quite normal in gardens, as there is a huge range of varieties available as well as different forms to suit restricted spaces.
The festive season is now well over, the Christmas tree and lights, is packed away for another year, and the bottles of amber nectar have been emptied, but plans for the garden and allotment are well advanced, so once my head clears a wee trip round the garden is on the cards, weather permitting.
Gardens and gardeners change as time marches on.
Last year we got blest with a terrific display of tulips so we thought it would be a good idea to run with this theme by adding another big bulb plant in the autumn.
The spring rush is just round the corner. Last year it was in full flow at this time, but spring 2017 has been quite cool, so there has been no rush to start outdoor seed sowing and planting.
Even in the midst of winter there is always a wee job to do in the garden or involved in forward plans.
Gardening is a year round activity with flowers, fruit, vegetables, plants and flowers for the house, winter landscaping and digging and trying out new plants and ideas.