Today has been such a lovely day that there really was no excuse for not getting out and doing all those autumn jobs that I’ve been putting off for one reason or another.
The grass has been cut so I’m now hoping that the temperature will drop and it’ll stop growing. Having said that the smell of freshly cut grass is lovely at any time of year. I’ve cleared some of the fading annuals, sweet peas, some of the Phacelia and Calendula, but left the Nasturtiums as their foliage still looks good! The summer flowering perennials have all been cut back and the weeds have been cleared too.
This left me with some space to finally plant out the spring flowering bulbs which have been hiding in a dark cupboard quietly whispering to me for the last few weeks, “plant us, plant us, you won’t regret it!”.
Come the spring, here’s what I’m looking forward to seeing emerge, Chionodoxa forbesii (Glory of the Snow) which flowers March/May, Iris reticulata (dwarf) flowering February/March and Narcissus ‘Tete-a-tete’ flowering in March.
Here’s how it looks now. I’ll be keeping a close eye on this border as I eagerly await the first flowers of 2013.
At some point over winter I’ll be widening this border so that scruffy edge will be history, I might even do it tomorrow if the sun shines!