These first few days of October have been busy ones, taking full advantage of the fine weather that has stretched on from September into October, but rain has been forecast for next week and I am very much a fair weather gardener!!
We have emptied out most of our pots and tubs from our patio and replanted them with Daffodil and Tulip bulbs, some of which are March/April flowering and some which are April/May flowering. For the Tulips we have Fur Elise which is a pale peach colour; Pink Impression and Angelique both shades of pink; Apeldoorn Elite which is a bright vivid orange colour; Washington – yellow with dark red stripes and Pink /White which is another bi-coloured flower. We have also planted two pots of mixed Tulips, a big tub of mixed Daffodils and two small pots with mixed dwarf daffodils.
The Cosmos are still looking magnificent and the pollinators are still feasting on them. These are the Cosmos that we grew from seed in April having lost the first lot to frost. We grew three different varieties, Candy Stripe, Gazebo Red and Pied Piper and planted two of each into each of our big tubs which then grew into these tall strong plants, producing a stunning display for months on end. As long as we keep dead heading them, they will continue to flower until the first hard frost and then they will turn black. At that point we will take them out and fill the tubs with tulip bulbs ready for next spring.
During the second week of October we planted some young Stock plants ‘Brompton Lady’ in the cutting patch and as the weather in October was reasonably mild with no frosty nights they have had plenty of time to get established and are looking really healthy. The Nasturtiums in the edible patch have self-seeded and are now flowering which is a lovely bonus!
We have also planted just a few Sweet Pea seeds, hopefully to have some Sweet Peas slightly earlier next summer and the young perennial plants purchased as tiny plug plants at the end of September have been potted on and are all looking good and very happy in the cold frame.