Friday 24th October 2014

We started to think about bulbs to be planted in the garden with plans for  major bulb planting activities in the borders and in pots over the next few weeks. Erythroniums (dog’s tooth violets) will be planted in the newly created woodland garden as they can do well in shade or sun with moist soil. They are perennials which if left undisturbed in the same position will become well established.


        Erythronium oregonum

It is also time to think about planting forced narcissus bulbs for indoor displays – such as Paperwhite or Grand Soleil D’or. They are both very fragrant and easy to grow, and will flower about 6 or 7 weeks after planting. They can be planted in soil and grit or even just water as the bulbs contain all they need for growth.


                 Narcissus Paperwhite

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Narcissus ‘Grand Soleil D’Or’

We also looked at some of the tulip bulbs that will be planted in beds and in pots. Tulips don’t need to be planted until November as the colder temperatures help to eliminate any viral or fungal diseases that may be in the soil and could infect the bulbs. If they are to be planted in flower beds then they can be put in holes up to 8″ deep. Deeper planting means they are more likely to survive from year to year. If the bulbs are to be planted in pots they can be planted much more densely just avoiding the bulbs touching each other in the compost. Two of Bridge’s favourites are the bright and vibrant Doll’s Minuet and the creamy Sapporo.

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Wallflowers combine very well with tulips – they can be bought now in pots and divided or as bare root plants. Any bare root plants need to be planted out really within a day or so of purchase as the roots will dry out. If they can’t be planted straight away just put them in a pot with soil as a temporary measure. Wallflowers or Erysiums are part of the Brassicaceae family so they are related to cabbages. They are generally grown as biennials although Erysium Bowles Mauve is an evergreen perennial. It has grey green leaves and very fragrant flowers with a long flowering season and likes full sun. It can get rather woody after a few years but is very easy to propagate from cuttings.

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We also looked at Elaeagnus pungens ‘Maculata’.  This is an evergreen shrub that is great in autumn or winter to lighten up a dark corner of the garden. It has bright yellow leaves outlined in green and has tiny white fragrant flowers in autumn.


Ceratostigma plumbaginoides or hardy plumbago is also a very beautiful autumn flowering herbaceous perennial. It has vibrant blue flowers and the leaves turn red or purple in autumn. It is great as an edging plant in borders and needs full sun.


This is also a wonderful time to put together your ‘autumn nature table’ and we looked at some amazing seed pods from tree peonies and also some crab apples from Sue’s Crab Apple ‘Red Sentinel’ which is a good tree for a small garden. Check out Sarah Raven creating an autumn wreath.

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Activities in the garden this week:

  • Making edging for the dahlia beds

Vicky and Sue on fence Vicky

Sue S edging

bed edging

  • Planting out spring onions and lettuces

preparaing the beds

veg beds

  • Planting out wallflowers

planting wallflowers

  • Pruning climbing roses

Katy rose pruning Dinah

  • Sowing hardy annuals – ammi, cornflowers, nigella, calendula, sweet peas

seed sowing



and finally … admiring Julia’s new boots

Julia's boots




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