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frost protection, in october!


For the first time ever I used some compost I had made!

With the turn in the weather, & boy has it been cold. I have been trying to protect those plants that arnt frostproof! All those cain lily’s and geraniams mainly.
Martin had forgotten to get in some compost, his a busy man! So I found some, wasnt even in the compost but on the site of the old one where I hadnt quite cleared it properly. Did the job though. Now all the cain’s lily’s are packed into a polystarine veg container with a plastic sheet over the top waiting for the worst of the weather. Even if it seems far to early to be worring about frost yet!

I tided the ‘break your back bed’, and pined up the ivy. Weeded the path at the bottom and found a tiny regrowth on the ‘bears claw’ that I transplanted earlier in the year. That gave me an idea to find some big shade lovers to put along the bottom. More excuses to spent hours internet plant brasing. Looked at the photo’s from the beginning of the year and took another, not sure if it has the impact I was after but its a start.

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Hi Sandygirl,
In Scotland we can expect frost from September onwards. I have to take my Geraniums indoors as the would never survive. Like you I have started the great tidy up!! At least we have a long break once we are finished.

28 Oct, 2010


Hi there Sandy, I was wondering where you were ! You seem to have worked very hard on your slope this year, have you photos of the flowers in bloom? Maybe you need to plant lots of bulbs, daffs, tulips, crocus etc. that will make a nice show in the spring. Good luck with the overwintering ! :0)

28 Oct, 2010


Hi grandmage,
that sound like a good idea, bulbs. No photo's, it wasnt very sucessfull realy, even the sweetpeas dried out very quickly. the Aster did well but I think I will replant with shorted varities as they fell over and looked untidy. To be honest I gave up a bit and transplanted ground cover plants from my garden for the time being, to give me a blank carpet to plant through next year. Thinking of putting in some poles that I can grow climbing roses up in, get a bit of hight into it!

2 Nov, 2010


Linda, september seems so early for frosts, must make the growing season very short. Do you have winter hobbies that take gardenings place

2 Nov, 2010


Also Sandy, the small Alium varieties would be nice, how about planting Albretia all along, that spreads and gives a nice purple splash, also 'snow in summer', is nice too. Maybe you could also plant autumn bulbs like Colcium (spelling?) they give a nice splash of pink right now!! Just remembered Berginia (elephants ears) that is low growing and spreads and covers the ground. I like the rose idea too. Dont give up!!

3 Nov, 2010

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