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St Ives gardens October 2010.

Several private gardens in St Ives will be open this weekend. – Saturday (12th June) and Sunday (13th June) from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm. Programmes available from St Ives Parish Church each day.

What to do in a garden in October?

• Now that colder weather is approaching, protect half-hardy plants with fleece or bring into a frost-free greenhouse.
• Lift Dahlias tubers, Begonias tubers and Gladiolus corms to store dry over the winter months. Remove the dead foliage before storing them.
• Plant daffodil bulbs, tulip bulbs and Allium bulbs for a glorious spring display. Dot them through borders or naturalise them in grass. Click here for more information on planting spring bulbs.
• Plant bareroot ornamental trees and shrubs.
• Plant out any perennials or biennials you’ve grown from seed this year.
• Plant spring bedding such as wallflowers, Bellis, Primulas and winter pansies for a fantastic spring display.
• If your summer containers are looking past their best, re-plant them with fresh winter bedding plants. For winter plant ideas take a look at our ‘How to plant up hanging baskets, flower pouches and containers’ article.
• Autumn is the ideal time to plant Clematis plants.
• There is still time to direct sow hardy annuals. See ‘what to sow and grow in October’.
• This month is an ideal time to move trees and shrubs, and plant hedges.
• Hardwood cuttings can be taken now from deciduous shrubs.
• Prune climbing roses and rambling roses once they’ve finished flowering and tie in the stems before autumn winds cause damage.
• Clear up fallen rose leaves to prevent diseases such as black spot from over-wintering – don’t compost the leaves.
• Clear overhanging plants away from pathways to maintain access routes throughout the garden.
• Cut back perennial plants that have died down or alternatively leave the dead foliage in place for over-wintering wildlife.
• Lift and divide any overcrowded herbaceous perennials whilst the soil is still warm.
• After tidying borders, mulch with bark chips, well rotted manure, leaf mould or spent mushroom compost to insulate plant roots for the winter and keep weed growth in check.

St Ives Garden October 2010

St Ives Garden October 2010

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