October 22, 2009

Autumn approaching

The amount of time I’ve been spending updating this blog is an accurate reflection of the amount of time I’ve been able to spend in the garden recently. Everything’s a bit neglected.

I received a big order of bulbs last weekend so aimed to get them planted on Sunday. However, by the time I’d felled the sunflowers, untangled the tomatoes and separated the blighted ones to go to the council compost mountain, filled the two newly empty veg boxes with leaf mould and old compost, scowled at the lawn and avoided the wasps, I didn’t have much time.

I managed to plant the bluebells around the jasmine and into the lawn - this is generally an area where nothing grows because the jasmine is so strong, but hopefully the bluebells will appreciate that this area gets very little sun over winter and that there is no ground cover.

The daffodils and tulips have gone in pots and been covered with net or chicken wire because I assume a squirrel will sniff them out somehow. I have thirty of each and hadn’t quite realised how much space they’d need.

The 150 crocuses are in the shed. Not 100% sure what I’m going to do with these… The plan was to get them in amongst the perennials but said plants are positively refusing to die back - the daisies are still flowering and the dahlias have put on such a beautiful display I’ve cut some of the flowers and brought them inside so that they can be appreciated. The penstemons are still going and even the wiegela has a couple of late flowers. Combined with the nettle patch and the nasturtiums, the last bees are pretty happy though.

Speaking of wildlife, I saw a robin on Sunday, which wouldn’t be of note but for the fact that it is only the second one I’ve seen in my garden in two and a half years (birds are generally pretty scarce). He was very friendly and quite taken by all the freshly dug patches.

I’ve also just received some Christmas box plants and a Magnolia so I’m looking forward to potting them up this weekend. I’ve also got an as yet unrealised plan to try and grow some salad in Vince this winter. I need to research the best varieties and decide what to do in there and whether there’s anything I can plant in the middle box too (the peas will be going in the right hand box in November again, given that they were so successful last year).