Planting spring flowering bulbs is such a positive thing to do at this time of year, when the days are short & chilly. It’s the promise of good things to come & always feels like such a big reward for so little effort.
It’s the perfect time to plant tulip bulbs, & don’t tell anyone, but I still have a few other spring flowering bulbs to plant.
As well as finishing off bulb planting, tender plants in pots like evergreen agapanthus or these Eucomis will be moved to the greenhouse this month for protection over winter.
Tender plants in the ground can be wrapped in situ with a coat of straw & fleece.
There’s been a blizzard of falling leaves from the huge London Plane tree in our neighbours’ garden, so we’ve been busy clearing leaves. The net over net the pond is doing a good job of keeping the leaves out.
Some gardeners just clear leaves from the lawn & leave them to rot down naturally in the borders. We might do this when we’ve got more plants in, but at the moment it just looks too messy. I’m not the tidiest person, so you can imagine how messy they do look!
Apart from clearing them up, falling leaves mean that the garden is at the start of the dormant period. This is the perfect time to plant trees & shrubs, except when the soil is water-logged or frozen.
The tallest rose stems have had a trim to stop them moving in the wind & making a gap in the soil at the base of the plant. This gap fills with rain-water & freezes which is very damaging for the roots. I’ve also firmed the soil around the base of the plant to keep it firm & snug in the ground
I have to admit to not putting much food out for birds so far this year. If, like me, you’re confused about what type of food to put out for different birds, the RSPB website has some good information.
Seed-heads & grasses are good for attracting birds into the garden. They look nice too, making interesting shapes before the cold & damp turn them brown.
I’ve been enjoying getting out into the garden this month, though torrential rain has made it a lot less attractive in the last couple of days. Let’s hope some dry weather appears soon, because rain is about the only thing that really keeps me out of the garden.
Enjoy the rest of the month.
all photos: Jill Anderson