Autumn in the garden…

Autumn is well and truly here as the frost at the weekend hit the Parterre hard. We are pulling out all of the summer bedding and getting the beds prepared for the spring display. We have had lots of positive comments about the summer planting scheme this year following the red, white and blue and the bronze, silver and gold colour theme for 2012.

 We should have the spring display for 2013 planted on the Parterre by the end of next week. We are just placing the order for 2013 summer bedding scheme, so watch this space!

Below is a photo of our Dahlia tubers. We have just lifted them after the real first frost last weekend. They have been a huge success this year and brought us lots of colour into the garden.

Dahlias!

We allow the frost to hit them once in the borders and then we lift and prepare them for winter storage inside the frost free greenhouse. We cut off all the leaves to about 3 to 4 inches, shake off the soil and store them in bread crates.

After being in the dry for around 2 weeks we then shake off as much of the leftover excess soil as possible as if left on they are likely to rot. We then turn the tubers upside down and add yellow sulphur to prevent them from rotting and to fully dry out. We keep a careful eye on them throughout the winter. They then will be ready to be started again at the end of February!

Paul, Gardener

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