The Birchgrove Nursery shares some useful Autum gardening tips.
Autumn on the mountain is so beautiful, finally there is a cool change in the air.
Everything is so lush and green after the summer rain the growth of the lawn and weeds slows down (phew) now we can catch up on other things we enjoy doing around the yard.
Tamborine is simply glowing right now in the stunning sea of pinks and purples from the beautiful tibochinas in their many shapes and sizes from 1mt shrubs to over 6mtr trees, surely a worthy addition to any garden.
Showy camellias are starting to show colour firstly the full sun sasanquas followed by the larger flowering japonicas and reticulatas for semi shaded areas all in various shades of whites through to pinks and reds and even a few purples.
The sumptuous fragrance of the pink luculia and the dainty apricot scented osmanthus fill the air.
Experiencing the four seasons on the mountain is so special the colours of the changing deciduous trees are amazing.
If you are thinking of adding some awesome autumn colour into your garden now is the best time to head to your garden centre while they are putting on their best show.
- For reds try lipstick maples, ornamental pears, pistachio, nandina, Japanese maples, ashes
- Vivid oranges try, liquid amber, crepe myrtle, persimmon
- Rich buttercup yellows of the birch, ginkgo, iriodendron
And the list goes on.
Now is the time to plant fragrant spring flowering bulbs which do so well up here as only the tulips need to be lifted we can plant forget and enjoy treasures such as: daffodil, snowdrops, anemones, bluebells and fill our gardens with a sea of fragrance with bulbs such as hyacinth, jonquil, freesias.
The faces of new season pansies and violas are so sweet and the sunny yellow marigolds shine in the sun.
The hours disappear as I peruse the bare-root tree catalogues and look ahead to my winter plantings.
So much is happening in the garden I can only mention such a little as a gardeners day is never long enough.
Enjoy your gardening!