Autumn and early winter can be colourful in the garden. The upside is the large range of trees & shrubs making a lovely show with reds and golds of the leaves contrasting with the greens of the evergreens. This time of the year doesn’t need to be dull, particularly when the winter sunshine lights up the garden.
The downside is raking up the leaves several times a week. Even that can have a benefit if you save them and make leaf mould (it can take a year or two to breakdown, but it is gold dust in the garden.
Now is the time to plan for next year. Planting bare rooted trees & shrubs when the ground is not frozen. Moving and replanting hardy border perennials.
The winter months can be a very busy time in the garden.
Plant of the month
The autumn flowering cyclamen with small pink, mauve or white flowers, these can appear as early as August right through to late November. The leaves follow and form a patterned low growing ground covering. This patchwork effect lasts until late spring and works well in light shade under trees & shrubs. Plant the tubers half above and half below ground in a place where you will not disturb them.
JOBS FOR THE MONTH
- Check fences & stakes supporting newly planted specimen trees & shrubs.
- Rake leaves from lawns and borders.
- Check ties on climbing roses or any other climbing plants.
- Finish planting tulips.
- Make sure that the greenhouse heater is working ready for the colder months.
- Keep the pond clear.
- Plan for next year. Try to grow something you have never grown before.
AGM Wednesday 24th November
Refreshments hot mince pies and drinks
All welcome we need your new ideas!