October 7th, 2012
The garden is still looking pretty good here despite the lateness of the season. The wet summer did have some benefits, a really good soak over a long period has perked up some of our more recent plantings, especially trees.
Some plants though have gone completely over the top - we have cosmos 2 metres high and not flowering that well, but roses are coming back well now and late perennials and tender plants such as dahlias are still very happy and floriferous! Many grasses are at their best now too.
Photos left to right: Climbing rose 'Galway Bay', Penstemon 'Blackbird', Miscanthus 'Silver Stripe', late summer perennials.
All taken at Charnwood in October 2013.
October 30th, 2012
Time to put the garden to bed for the winter with next year in mind. Planning ahead is not something we all do well or have time for, but with plants as in most things it really does pay off.
Lift and divide your asters, early this month is better for this group of plants than in the spring. You can see where there are gaps and they will be established and flower well for you next year. This does not apply to everything; for example grasses should be divided in spring or they tend to sulk and die over winter;
Prune climbing roses and tie in stems to prevent them being hit by winter gales;
Scarify your lawn, get rid of all that moss and thatch to let light and air in, it's great exercise and cheaper and more fun than going to the gym;
If you have a cold greenhouse or a light porch, sow winter salads;