Margaret's Garden Journal for October 2010

Before my son and his family came over from Ireland on the 21st we had our first frosts, and quite sharp ones at that. I was afraid the dahlias would be wiped out before he arrived but the garden was still in full flower not only then but on the following Sunday,when we had a full family get together. The following night, however, we had the coldest night yet so the dahlias were all blackened by the time we woke up. I felt so grateful that they had hung on when I needed them most. Still even with the dahlias gone, at the end of the month the yellow coneflowers and pink and red antirhinums are brightening up the fron garde. In the back garden the mahonia shines gold in front of purple Michaelmas daisies and the trees are adding glamour with colourful autumn leaves.
To do this month
1. Bring in conservatory plants
2. Put semi-tender plants in the greenhouse
3. Collect seeds
4. Start winter salad
5.Sow broad beans
6.cut back trees and shrubs
7. Cut back frosted plants
Later Comments
1. Done
7. .