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Autumn tidy

This weekend I cut back a lot of the herbaceous perennials and also moved some that were in the wrong position.  They were either hidden behind something too bulky or they were just too big for the space, swamping anything that was trying to grow beside them.  It’s quite a satisfying task and I am looking forward to seeing the new planting next spring and summer.

The beds are now looking a bit empty and I can see soil, which I haven’t seen for at least 4 months.  I have kept anything that has winter interest or will provide shelter for wildlife over the cold winter months.

I also moved my grow house, as I call it, to the other side of the garden where the sun still gets to, to try and keep it a little warmer.  I’ve put the foxglove seedlings in there and also my sweet peas, which I am hoping will survive.  I have some wool packaging around the sides and will also be adding bubble wrap in the next few weeks.

Nearly all the bulbs I ordered have been planted, it’s just the snowdrops to add to the front lawn, which I better get a move on with.

What have you been doing in your garden to get it ready for the winter?

My next task is to get the pot in the front sorted and get it looking good for winter and spring.

Time to plan ahead

Although gardening is pretty much always about planning ahead, you do have to remember to enjoy the present!

This can be planting bulbs or seeds to bloom in months to come, planting a small plug in a big space to allow it to grow and flourish with plenty room.  Now is the time you can start to plant your spring flowering bulbs.  Heading into the winter months with the shorter days, thinking about spring is always a positive thing to do, you know that the winter won’t last forever and the colour and life will appear again above the soil.

This year I have selected just a few bulbs for my garden pots.  You could quite easily spend a fortune on bulbs, the choice you have is amazing, but you need to focus on the style, colour, form and look you want to create.

I have chosen quite a simple colour palette of pinks, yellow and white.  By doing this I hope that each plant form will be seen better, rather than the mix of colours take over.  I love tulips, but have been a bit disappointed in some of them in recent years, so I just went for two varieties Pretty Princes and Little Beauty.

I also went for the staple spring flower the Narcissi Segovia and the pretty Daffodil Actaea, which I will mix with some Allium unifolium,  Anemone blanda “White Splendour and Crocus chrysanthus “Ard Schenk”

So I am looking forward to spring, but making sure I also enjoy the autumn colours and enjoy the dormancy of the winter season, knowing that the garden will spring in to life again.

 

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