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Lyn and Malcolms Garden Blog
October 2012

October 15th
Not a lot happening in the garden, still lots of rain. Also lightning hail and thunder last night, and I nearly forgot the wind.
The Exotic garden is no more !. Last weekend I spent both days putting up the shelters and bringing nearly all the plants under cover.
We did have our first frost of this winter, down to minus 0.8c before I got all the plants in.
The Brugmansias have been cut back and are in the conservatory, lots of cuttings are now hopefully rooting in water.

Two of the Musa Basjoo stems had to be cut down to the ground as they had flowered, which left some rather 
smaller trunks. In the first picture you can see the first square wooden frame on the gravel bed, to which the 
uprights are attached as in the second picture. The sides are attached to the uprights and a roof tops it off.
One of the sides is hinged for access. Note in the second picture that the leaves are cut down.
Once the stems have dried, they will be wrapped with several layers of fleece, and a 60watt light bulb on a very 
accurate thermostat will keep the frost away, on very cold nights a second light bulb is added.


One of the Colocasias had two leaves that the frost got to, they had to be cut off.

Ice on a Hedychium densiflorum 'Assam Orange' 

The 'railway' line and trolley used to bring the larger plants under cover.

The turn of Ensete ventricosum 'Montbeliardii' to come into the conservatory after being chopped down.

Meanwhile in Lyn's garden Tricyrtis 'Empress' 

Tricyrtis hirta 'White Towers' 

Tricyrtis formosana 'Gilt Edge' 

October 3rd

Plenty of rain still and more to come. I am trying to hang on as much as possible with the winter storage of my Exotic garden plants.
Winter is plenty long enough without bringing them in too soon.
Meanwhile in Lyn's garden we have been collecting some seed from a few of the plants we grow from, like Eryngium and some of the Thalictrum.
We grow them in trays of gritty soil outside sheltered from rain but exposed to the frost.
The Asters in Lyn's garden are giving a reasonable show now, as are the Salvias still. The Salvia in pots will soon have to be brought in under cover.

Not sure of name, if you know please email us.

Aster novae-angliae 'Pink Parfait' 

Not sure of name, if you know please email us.

Not sure of name, if you know please email us.

Salvia patens 'Blue angel' 

Salvia greggii 'Lara' 

Salvia greggii 'Icing Sugar' 

Red Admiral on a Canna, not feeding, just warming itself in the sun between rain showers.

Colchicum autumnale