We have been very busy leading into the autumn here in the gardens at Overbury
Court. The yew hedges have had their winter trim, with the shorter days and cooler
nights the leaves are starting to turn and show us their autumn glory. The fruit pruned
late last year and earlier this year is in the process of being picked.
One of our great successes this year is the Dumbleton Perry pear which has been pollinated by hand and Kevin Minchew has taken the resulting crop of pears away to be processed.
There has also been bumper crops of apples, pears, quinces, plums and apricots this
The Autumn is the time to take stock and reflect upon the gardening year whilst tidying and putting the borders to rest for the winter months.
Here are some of the main jobs to carry out during those crisp autumnal days
Plant winter bedding and bulbs for Spring
Prune climbing roses
As you can see there are some lovely roses in the villages and just keeping them
trimmed and in shape, makes they're management so much easier. Firstly remove the
dead, diseased or dying branches. Once this is done tie in the new shoots that are
needed to fill in the structure or shape you are aiming towards. Any side shoots should
then be reduced by two thirds of their length. If the plant is overgrown and congested
cut out any of the really old branches at the base and this will help to promote new
growth which can trained in their place next year. If you're not sure whether the Rose
you are about to prune is a rambler or a climber, rambling roses only flower once a year
and climbing roses are repeat flowerers throughout the summer months.
seen in the picture.
Carry out lawn care tasks such as raking out thatch, aerating small lawns with a fork and brushing off worm casts.
Cut back perennials that have died down. Divide herbaceous perennials and rhubarb Summer flowering plants should be divided now by gently lifting with a fork, shaking off the excess soil therefore exposing the roots. Some plants produce plant lets that can teased apart and planted. Others need the help of a knife, edging iron or two forks back to back to ease the crowns apart. The resulting plants can be planted in position and generously watered in or potted up to grow on and be planted in the spring.
Plant out Spring cabbage in the vegetable garden
Start to plan your seed order for the coming year.