WELL, it is officially autumn on the calendar, but the weather doesn’t seem to be on the same page.
Unfortunately, this means we have to keep watering our pots and gardens.
It is easy to become complacent as the evenings and mornings are cool but it is still very dry and plants will be suffering after a long dry summer.
The good new is it’s the season to start thinking about planting your bulbs for late winter and spring colour.
You still have plenty of time but it’s a good idea to prepare the areas you are going to be planting bulbs in so they are ready when the weather cools off a bit.
Digging in compost or well rotted manure will improve the structure of your soil and give the bulbs a good start.
It’s good to get some of the bulbs in while there is still some warmth in the ground.
Tulips on the other hand are more than happy to wait until it is quite cold to be planted.
You can put them in the crisper of your fridge to chill them for a few weeks prior to planting.
I generally find that our winters are cold enough for them to flower well if you plant them around July after we’ve had a few good frosts to chill the ground.
There is a good range of bulbs available at the nursery this month.
It is lovely to see the subtle changing of the season in the garden.
There is a hint of autumn colour showing which gives us the hope that we will get a reprieve from the long dry summer soon.
DIG IN: Now is a good time to prepare your garden and plant bulbs, for plenty of colour later in the year.