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It's A Wrap


By AndrewR


There are a few jobs in the garden that I think define autumn. Things such as storing the patio furniture

Furniture that won’t fit inside has to covered up

Some plants get covered up as well. There is a phormium in a pot under the fleece. It hates water getting into the crown and then successively freezing and thawing

Other plants get the protection of the greenhouse. The pots of schizostylis sit in the edge of the pond during the growing season, but appreciate a drier position when it turns cold

While newly germinated seedlings also require protection

In their native habitats, many alpines are protected by a layer of snow. In my garden, they have to make do with a sheet of glass

I can’t believe these jobs didn’t get done until the end of November – it’s been a great autumn. Now the garden is ready for winter.

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Well and truly ready for the winter. I've never protected my schizostylis but they are in the ground so perhaps they have enough drainage there.

I must confess if it needs 'wrapping' then I don't have it in the ground. Pots maybe and then shifted into the greenhouse.

batten down the hatches for winter :o)

30 Nov, 2014


Now you can relax with a cuppa! All I have to do for winter is bring in the pelargoniums and the fuchsias that are in pots - don't have any posh patio furniture or alpines. That looks like areally nice table you have there.
I still have two urns of pelargoniums on the patio - I just pop them in the garage if there's a clear sky and frost warning but they are still going strong. Will get caught out one of these nights!

30 Nov, 2014


Sbg - I have a love-hate relationship with schizostylis. Too dry and it only makes leaves, too moist and it is rampant. Pots in the pond is the compromise.

Stera - relax? ROFL

30 Nov, 2014


Added to GoYpedia... good work Andrew.

1 Dec, 2014


!!! :)

1 Dec, 2014


Unfortunately, I shan't be doing this in my garden this year as I will be moving Wed so have to say goodbye to the place where I spent so much time.It's a bit of a wrench but I have another ( much smaller) garden to plan for next year,I just don't know where I will put all the things I packed today from my two sheds and garage.There's tons of it! Oh well, I think I'll have to have a clear out next spring!!
As you say, it's been so lat coming this year, the end of the gardening season.Still things flowering in mine on 1st Dec!

1 Dec, 2014

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