It is almost time of me to start sorting my plants out in the gravel area at the back of the house. Some will come into the conservatory which is just kept frost free over the winter, some will be wrapped in fleece and placed under the arbour in the corner and some will spend the winter in the greenhouse. A few will be fine out in the open, without protection.
The Eucomis will go into the greenhouse, along with the Hedychium Stephen that was in this group while it flowered.
The Aeoniums and Echeveria will come into the conservatory for the winter.
New plants waiting to be planted outside. Eucalyptus gunnii, Heuchera Rio and Ceratostigma. These will be planted in the space left when the Euonymous was removed, but I must improve the soil first.
Astelia Silver Shadow will be wrapped in fleece and the Nerine will over winter in fleece under the arbour.
More to be wrapped in fleece, another Astelia Silver Shadow and Melianthus Major.
The corner which was full of wild crocosmia will be home for a few pots of shady plants. This plant is a Fatshedera, a hybrid of a Fatsia and an ivy.
A few pots still waiting to be planted up, I keep finding them round the garden or maybe they are breeding!
More Echeveria to come into the conservatory and the Covolvulous cneorum with the cordyline Torbay Red, will be wrapped in fleece and over winter under the arbour.
It is the winter rains that do as much damage, if not more, to some plants as the low temperatures. With the ivy and honeysuckle over the arbour, not much rain gets through, so plants will stay a lot drier, plus they are sheltered from the frost in this corner of the garden.
By next summer I hope that this area will be looking a lot more colourful. I intend to plant tulips, alliums and lilies in the square grey pots as well as some cascading bedding, so hopefully with more plants in front the grey planters will magically disappear. Silver leaved plants that I have grown in the past have rotted away over the winter, I’m hoping that this time they will survive! Note to myself – buy some more fleece!
How is my variegated Yucca coming on, now that it has started flowering? I think it is now almost at it’s prime….
The flower spike is amazing, easily as tall as me, we now just have to hope that the frost doesn’t arrive too soon!
Autumn arrived by the end of September, the leaves are now falling fast and furiously, every day more are added to the back lawn and there is work to be done raking them all up!
Has autumn reached you yet?