We moved here in July, and, despite me attacking the garden with shears, chopping back everything I could with the hope I wouldn’t kill it and pulling up loads of weeds (mainly all just to reach my washing line), I hadn’t progressed much with it I must admit.
And then, suddenly, it was nearly the end of the summer, and I half thought: do I just wait now till Spring?
Apparently not. According to the INTERNET now is the time to prep your garden for the colder months and plant things that you a) hope won’t freeze b) hope won’t get eaten by slugs and c) hope will come shooting up to cheer you up at the first sign of Spring. I have had some, but not much, experience with gardening up to now, but that was pretty much just pots on a balcony (but hey, one year, somehow I managed an almost excellent tomato crop) – but from my limited knowledge I knew there were plenty of things I could do now for the autumn.
Armed with Google’s finest list of winter plants, and a helpful companion who KNOWS about these things, we hit the wonder of B&Q.
Here’s what I ended up with:
Rosemary & Thyme (top right) – are hardy herbs that should survive winter I found out. I also got: Heather, for some of my empty border patches, Cyclamen (bottom left, pink) which will flower through autumn, Winter Pansies (same), Viola and Dianthus (the top white small flowers) which are basically just pre-ety, but also great for pots, plus also a Sedum, for my rockery(ish) area.
What you don’t see underneath here is also a lot of bulbs. I must have bought at least 50 or 60 bulbs. Tulips! Daffodils! Hyacinths! Snowdrops! Many other things I have already forgotten the name of…! The thing with bulbs is you do need patience. I have happily stuck my bulbs in pots and around the flower beds, and I have no idea what I planted where really, but hopefully come next Spring I will have a surprise…that is, if the damn squirrels don’t dig everything up.
I spent most of the afternoon grafting with compost and topsoil and pots and trowels but suddenly my empty pots are looking happy again, and I felt a sense of satisfaction:
Now I just need to remember to water them.
And hope we don’t get a frost. I never thought I would become one of those people that worried about getting a frost.