My goodness the Dahlias have done us proud this year. It’s all down to 70 tons of cow manure and a hefty dose of fine hot weather. And just when we thought it was going to be too dry down came some tropical rain. This warm weather should be good for some of our perennial sub-tropical plants too, such as the Chusan palms and the Cordylines. They will benefit from a long hot spell by building up enough strength to get them through the winter. This has also been our best season for fruit for many a year. We’ve had to share it, mind you – and not just with blackbirds and pigeons. One of the main beneficiaries have been the squirrels – it’s amazing how dextrous they can be on a cherry tree.