The weather has been glorious here, bright days and shining autumn colours. I’ve made a note that we need more plants with autumn-colour in the garden. So far the Japanese azalea in a plant-pot, the Rhododendron luteum and the beech tree have put on a marvellous show, but I’m on the look-out for more plants with warm, blazing colour.
Meanwhile, there are a few things to do in the garden, before it all settles down for winter.
It’s too late for sowing grass seed, but a good time for laying turf.
Sweep leaves off the grass and stash them in the leaf-mould bin.
Plant bare-root shrubs and trees.
Nurture that soil:
For strong, healthy plants, a garden needs good soil, the sort that has had compost, well-rotted manure or spent mushroom compost added to it.
Light soil dries out less quickly and at the other end of the scale, heavy, clay soil drains better. In other words, any soil benefits massively from the addition of compost, and now is a good time to cover bare soil in this wonderful stuff. There’s no need to dig it in, the worms will drag it down into the soil over the winter
Trees and hedges:
Plant bare-root hedges and trees this month, while the soil is still warm. They’re much better value than the ones bought in pots and containers.
Dismantle old summer displays from plant pots and put the old plants in the compost bin, though geraniums can be potted up and kept somewhere frost free to re-use next year, mine are going in the porch.
Continue planting bulbs in pots, tulips, small daffodils and muscari are some of my favourites.I like this combination of muscari, ferns and ivy that I snapped at a Flower Show last year, ferns like Dryopteris erythrosora that don’t mind a bit of sunshine would work well.
Happy gardening, Jill
all photos: Jill Anderson.