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.