An­tic­i­pAt­ing frost

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It’s time to start clear­ing out the last pep­pers from the green­house, give it a wash down and be­gin the gath­er­ing-in of my ten­ders. Last year, on 31 Oc­to­ber, the gar­den was still hap­pily in golden au­tumn, with dahlias, salvias etcetera all flow­er­ing away. On 4 Novem­ber, frost hit, and the show was em­phat­i­cally over. Some border­line ten­ders will take a glanc­ing frost a cou­ple of times, al­though I’m not go­ing to test my new golden bar­rel cac­tus; that’s go­ing into the con­ser­va­tory. Some agaves stay out, tucked into the lee of the house wall. Oth­ers go into the un­heated green­house. The fuch­sias will get nipped soon. I’ll dig up a cou­ple be­fore any frost and put them in the un­heated green­house to ex­tend the dis­play. It seems a shame not to en­joy the flow­ers a lit­tle longer. The pelargo­ni­ums I want to keep will be taken out of the summer dis­play pots, pot­ted up in new com­post and put into the con­ser­va­tory. The out­door pots will then be com­pletely emp­tied for bulb plant­ing in Novem­ber.

Agaves and fuch­sias are moved into the green­house.

Kari-Astri Davies started gar­den­ing in her twen­ties with pots of roses, gera­ni­ums and sweet peas on a para­pet five storeys up in cen­tral Lon­don. She’s now on her fifth gar­den, this time in the Wilt­shire coun­try­side. In­spi­ra­tion in­cludes her plant-mad...

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