Planting for a glorious springtime

Autumn is well under way, shown by an inundation of acorns and leaves, writes the Uckfield News Anonymous Gardener.

Smart gardeners are, however, looking forward and planning for the spring.

Thoughts of spring

Thoughts of spring

This is the time of year when your work will pay off with a glorious show of flowers from late winter to knocking on the door of summer.

The last of the summer bedding was finally taken out.

Fuchsias binned while in bloom but you must make space for spring flowers

Fuchsias binned while in bloom but you must make space for spring flowers

The fuchsia lasted incredibly well but it was time for it to go to make way for a range of bulbs.

We have planted crocuses, ‘Flaming Parrot’ tulips, ‘Curly Sue’ tulips and miniature daffodils. As well as this we also planted lots of wallflowers in the front garden and the back borders.

Wallflowers are underplanted with bulbs

Wallflowers are underplanted with bulbs

Polyanthus and pansies will flower through the winter during mild spells before giving a great show next March and April.

Aconites are one of the first flowers of the new year - all coming from this unusually shaped tubers

Aconites are one of the first flowers of the new year – all coming from unusually shaped tubers

We also planted some unusual looking tubers – aconites which should be a joy to see early in the new year when there are few other flowers

A lavender plant grown from seed finally makes it into the border

A lavender plant grown from seed finally makes it into the border

A few months ago we started to grow a lavender plant from seed.

For a long time it was kept inside the house and then when big enough was transplanted into a pot and put outside.

This month however it was time for the plant to go in the garden border. It may look a little straggly but it the smell is wonderful.

Sedum is excellent value with its autumn colour

Sedum is excellent value with its autumn colour

It has been interesting to watch the evolution of the Sedum this month. It goes from a light pink to a magenta colour, this is the stage I captured it at, but then goes a much darker ruddy brown colour.

A delicately-coloured hydrangea

A delicately-coloured hydrangea

The hydrangea has also been looking very nice.

What a web we weave - a spider's work in the roses

What a web we weave – a spider’s work in the roses

This is also the month for creepy crawlies, whilst gardening I have spotted lots of spiders and even more spiders webs in the fuchsia and rose bushes.

With the morning dew they look very attractive.

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