Well as you may have guessed from the title, its been a very rainy week here in Aberystwyth. Preparations for the winter are now in full force. One or two Delphiniums are still flowering but the rest have been cut down ready for their winter rest and topped with mulch to protect the crowns. The flowers of Geranium 'Rozanne' = 'Gerwat' PBR are now coming to an end and the foliage is dying back. No wonder it was selected for plant of the centenary for the decade 1993-2002, it is such a strong flowering plant and gives a good show right through the season. We cant wait until it re-emerges again next spring.
The deciduous grasses won't be cut back until the spring. Their straw coloured seed heads add an extra dimension in the winter, providing height, but also protecting the plant crowns from frost and wet. They have the added benefit of providing temporary homes to help the insect population overwinter and also look spectacular on a frosty morning.
We are watching the weather very carefully now, we don't want to be caught out by frost. We've got the fleece at the ready for the plants that will be staying outdoors. Being in pots they are more vulnerable to the extremes that the Welsh coastal weather brings.
Plants looking good at the nursery right now are:
Heucherella 'Sweet Tea'
Heucherella 'Alabama Sunrise'
Helleborus 'Double Queen Mixed'
Thank you for visiting our blog today. Until next time, wrap up warm and enjoy the last of the autumn colour before winter sets in.
Rob and Debs.
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