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Lyn and Malcolms Garden Blog
October 2010

October 25th
The grasses in the garden have now taken over from the flowers. They are shown to their best in the sunshine we have had.
Some of the Brugmansia cuttings we took 17 days ago have rooted in water, so I have potted up about 86 at the moment, still some more to do.

Miscanthus 'Morning Light'                                                        Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus'   just opening out.

Miscanthus 'Morning Light'                                                         

October 23rd
We had a minus 3.0c frost a couple of nights ago, which finished off a couple of dahlias we still had out in Lyn's front garden, it only took out the foliage so we now have them under cover.
Today we have been dodging the showers cutting down most of the herbaceous plants, we filled up all the sacks we have and Lyn went down the refuse dump again to empty them. By the time she got back I had cut down enough to refill another three sacks.
So it is now looking a little bare in the garden, with still some more cutting down to do.

October 19th
We are due another frost tonight, all the tender plants are under cover now. Lyn's front garden has quite a few plants that are flowering for the second time, giving some late colour.

Geranium 'Rozanne'                                                                        Chrysanthemum 'Mrs Jessie Cooper' from Bob Browns nursery

Aconitum carmichaelii 'Royal Flush'                                               Colchicum

Salvia microphylla                                                                               Actaea 'Pritchards Giant' recently bought from Longacre Plants

October 14th
We paid a visit to Longacre Plants in Somerset today, came home with 25 plants, as if we hadn't got enough already. The plants are mostly to go into Lyn's front garden.
Tricyrtis 'Empress'                                                                            Tricyrtis 'White Towers'

October 10th
All the Brugmansias are now cut down and in our conservatory for the winter. The 'Giraffe House' a temporary tall structure for over wintering some of the other tender plants, is in place.

Leaf rib of Ensete ventricosum 'Montbeliardii                                 A dwarf Lupin enjoying some late sunshine

The flowers of Begonia grandis Evansiana

October 8th
Had a couple of hours this afternoon cutting down some of the Brugmansias, seemed a real shame as they were still in flower, and the weather is quite warm at the moment, but if we don't start now, the frosts will soon be with us, and there is no way we can bring under cover all the tender plants, very quickly.

Brugmansia before pruning                                                                     Brugmansia after pruning

The prunings on the floor                                                                         Cuttings prepared from the prunings

October 7th
Lyn returned from hospital yesterday after an operation on her sinuses. She has been suffering pain for 3 years, I can't remember how many times we have been to hospital trying to find out what the cause was. Eventually Royal Bournemouth Hospital referred her to Southampton General, where it was decided that she should have the operation. It is going to be several weeks before we can tell if the operation is a success.
This coming weekend I will make a start on cutting down some of the tender plants in the Exotic garden and bringing them under cover. I prefer the soil in the pots to be fairly dry to avoid rotting of Dahlia tubers, which we leave in their pots till very early spring next year, when we then repot with new soil.
When we cut back the Brugmansias ready for storing we use the older wood for cuttings which we will root in water.