Purple Sedum “Autumn Joy” lifts this little corner of my garden
September has been a tough month for the plants in my garden. They have been drenched by rain, and pounded by strong winds including Storm Ali. Happily, they have survived!
Rich autumn hues abound, including Sedum “Autumn Joy”- seen above.
The glorious burnt orange of these Kaffir Lilies brightens several spots in my central bed:
Euphorbia “Fireglow” produces a myriad of fiery tones throughout summer and autumn:
My Roses are still thriving. The trio below includes a yellow “Pilgrim” Rose, while the red varieties names are unknown:
Jobs for October
Division is a job best suited to the months of September and October, or in spring – depending on weather conditions.
My Dierama, also known as “Angels Fishing Rods” had grown HUGE. You can see them below – in full bloom back in July:
All their neighbours were being squeezed out of their homes, and blocked from the benefits of sunshine. A major division was badly needed. However, I had to wait till the flowers had died back.
On Saturday, I enlisted a strong man with a spade, and he divided the Dierama into smaller clumps. I kept around a quarter of the existing clump, and dispatched the remainder to two new very happy owners.
I decided to move the remainder to a new spot nearer the pond.
Dividing and moving them has freed up quite a bit of space for new plants. In October, I am planning to move a few other plants in this central bed, and add others in spring.
I will keep you posted.
September through to December are ideal times to plant spring bulbs. I have been planting bulbs every autumn for the past eight years – Daffodils, Muscari, Crocus, Allium, Tulips…
I will only be planting a few varieties of Tulips this autumn in pots, as everywhere is full up with bulbs.
Plant bulbs at a depth that is two to three times the height of each bulb. e.g. Daffodils will need to be planted deeper than the smaller bulbs like Crocus.
If you want a naturalistic planting scheme, pick up a group of bulbs and throw them onto the ground in small groups. Plant each bulb where it lands.
If you are unsure where you have exiting bulbs, plant groups of bulbs into small pots over winter. In spring, the existing bulbs will begin to appear above ground and you can choose suitable spots to plant the potted bulbs. Simply remove gently from their pots and plant.
Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from a debilitating illness.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.