GARDENS FOR NATURE AND YOU
Jody’s Garden Services
If you are a fair weather gardener, then this is a good time to start overhauling the herbaceous borders, planting new hedges and laying down paths, walls and terraces, before you and your garden settle down for the long winter.
If you have taken the time during the summer to observe your garden and plan changes; maybe put in a new path or a raised bed for a rock garden or scree garden, October is an ideal month to carry out changes and repairs. Take care to choose suitable paving stones and bricks to complement the style of your garden and house.
Once the perennials are settled, you might like to plants a few varieties of daffodils, tulips or alliums in the spaces in between for a splash of colour before the main summer displays appear. Iris reticulata and crocus will brighten up the rock garden in early spring. Plant up containers and pots with bulbs and winter flowing pansies or dianthus for continuous colour throughout winter and spring.
Half hardy summer bulbs can be lifted now, remove all the soil and old roots, label each variety and lay in trays to dry off and over-winter in a dry, frost free place.
Work in the water garden is mainly to remove fallen leaves and dead plant remains. Continue feeding fish while the water remains warm and they are still interested. Plants surrounding the pond can be cut back, cover the crowns of gunnera and less hardy exotic plants with their own leaves or bracken to prevent frost damage. Water hyacinths can be potted up in moist garden soil and over wintered in the greenhouse for protection until the water warms up again at the end of May.