I have noticed that Garden Centres are making room for their winter pansies, so by the time you read this I would hope to have bought sufficient yellow ones to give the patio some colour for the dark days.
Which reminds me, it must be 12 months since I went on an evening visit to Highfields Garden Centre to gain some tips on planting bulbs. I took the speakers advice and planted daffodils deep in a large pot, then on top some hyacinths and finally some crocus. Quite attractive in the spring, but I had also planted some pansies on the top to cover up the bare soil. The pot has been colourful right through the summer, so that all I will do now is lightly fork in some “chicken pellets” and await the bulbs to grow. I might even try a second pot!
This month will be mainly tidying up, especially the fallen leaves, although my neighbour has taken down two very large sycamore trees and the new house has taken out a silver birch. We will miss the forest of seedlings in the spring!
The roses will need shortening to prevent wind rock. Also as vegetable crops are harvested it will be time to dig over and leave rough for the winter. It will be time to treat and put away the garden furniture.
It is also 12 months since I was given a painting of “The Happy Gardener”. How time flies, but it has given me a lot of pleasure. Thanks, Judith.
Tip for the month, watch out for early frosts.