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Winter preparation ... lots to do

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Jaxjacky Sat 09-Oct-21 14:44:40

I’ve got golden rod too Kali2, it’s become rather intrusive in my quite small garden, so I’m debating what to do with it. I also need to dead head some gaillardia, the cosmos are still flowering with plenty of bees, so I’ll leave them. I don’t have the same urgency as you, but it’s good seeing it tidier. I’ve planted violas this morning in window boxes, a tub and hanging basket. Good luck with yours.

Scones Sat 09-Oct-21 14:41:24

Autumn in a Swiss mountain garden sounds fabulous.

I've spent the last few days digging stones out of my garden. I moved at Christmas and my new garden is near the sea and very stony. It's hard work!! My neighbour is filling in a pond so she's using all the stone I dig up so I've made a new friend in the process.

Love gardening, but love how the garden goes to sleep over winter and gives me a rest.

Kali2 Sat 09-Oct-21 13:39:12

Shandy, I currently live in the Swiss mountains.

Casdon Sat 09-Oct-21 13:36:52

I’m sitting here procrastinating when I should be getting on with my garden, I’ve still got loads to do before it gets really cold. My daughter got married this summer and I grew a lot of the flowers for her wedding, many of which are now ready to be pulled out, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. I might sort out the shed this afternoon though, as I need to put lots of stuff away in there, and it won’t fit in at the moment.

Shandy57 Sat 09-Oct-21 13:30:27

Where are you that you might get snow Kali2? I'm coastal Northumberland and luckily we don't ever get much, with the exception of the dreadful Beast from the east in Feb/March 2018.

I'm wondering when to cut back my buddleia as the blue tits seem to be finding it interesting.

Hetty58 Sat 09-Oct-21 13:30:22

I love autumn too - but I'm in the middle of the (much hated) trimming of neighbour's Leylandii right now. It's tough going, balanced high on a ladder, arms and shoulders aching like hell!

Kali2 Sat 09-Oct-21 13:26:36

Sun is out, but it is 'proper parky' out there. Hopefully tomorrow will be sunny and warmer- so will dress up warm and get going.

Have to cut off the heads of the Golden Rod- as it is a species that can spread quickly and it on the 'unwanted' list. I will put all the spent flower heads in a strong bin bag, tie it and leave it for 2 years hidden somewhere- then put at bottom of a compost heap before refilling on top.

Then cut stems, and stemps of other spent perenials, and cut up small and into compost. Some of the phlox in white, pink and dark pink are still going strong, and several autumn asters in different colours and sizes and many others- but the rest if ready to cut down. And pick the last of the raspberries- I always eat them as they are, no desserts, no jam, no nothing.

Snow could arrive anytime now- and as much as I love our garden and gardening, I also enjoy this period when the garden rests under thick snow- and I have more time to do other things.

I just love autumn- colours are changing all around us, and the light is magical. I think many people don't like autumn because it makes them aware winter is around the corner. But as I love winter, proper snow winter, cold and crisp, with that magical winter light - then that is OK for me.

What are you up to in the garden?