OOOOhhhh, good ole Halloween is upon us again, carve out all those lovely pumpkins! I colllect some of the seeds for next year, I just dry them out on some kitchen towel and then put them in a little envelope in a cool/dry place till next spring, I always manage to get some to germinate. I love carving pumpkins, sometimes I use a stencil, but this year I made it up a bit.

I have noticed that the leaves on the trees have all of  a sudden changed colour. They were green for ages and then they just changed within a week, I wonder if they will also drop quickly. My work, at the moment is consisting mainly of sweeping up leaves and debris, I sometimes wish the leaves would just drop all in one go, then the sweeping up would be all over and done with.

Now is the time to really tidy up the garden and tuck it in for winter. The runner and climbing beans can be cut down, but leave the roots in as the nodules on the roots will fix nitrogen in the soil. Remove all dead foliage and leaves off the borders, if left it will encourage pests and disease. Any standing upright perennials like ornamental grasses can be left for hibernating insects and they will look nice with the frost on them.

Happy Halloween

Lucys Gardens

Time to tuck your garden up for the winter months! This is the time to start cutting back perennials that have finished, pruning back overgrown shrubs that have stopped growing so much and to sweep up those leaves! It is much better to sweep up the leaves from the lawn and borders as they encourage pest and disease if left, and also the grass will not grow so well and turn yellow. I do leave some perennial  seed heads for overwintering insects like ladybirds and the birdslike to peck at the seeds when things turn cold out there. The seed heads I leave are Fennel, Japanese anemone,Allium, ornamental grasses,buddleia and verbena. They also look good when the frost and dew are on them, it doesw look decorative during the winter months.

One of the most important jobs in late autumn is to prune the roses so they do not rock in the winter winds. Cut them to third of their size, taking out crossing and diseased branches. They will need another prune in the very early spring.

Right I off to plan my seed planting for spring already!