|don't be daft - of COURSE these are not mine!|
I love Autumn, it's the perfect time to sit down with your catalogues and spend (at least in your imagination) vast sums of money on bulbs and shrubs for next year.
Ah - next year....the optimism and potentiality of next year is what keeps gardeners going. Where you can draw a line under all the failures of this year and plan ahead for a Bright New Tomorrow.
I WILL remember to stake up the poppies before they get too tall.
I WILL water the tomatoes EVERY day whether they need it or not.
I WILL remember to plant out all my little seedlings and not leave them to perish, utterly forgotten, in the cold frame.
I WILL plant a bed for cutting flowers.
I WILL plant lots of vegetables.
I WILL harvest said vegetables and not leave them to rot in the ground.
I WILL keep my garden notebook up to date and not leave it in the shed for snails to eat like I did this year.
Next year I will.....
1 - Figure out a way to stop the neighbours cats from shitting in my greenhouse and polytunnel as soon as my back is turned. Let me clarify that. Let me find a way to stop them WITHOUT resorting to using poison or the air rifle. Believe me, you only need to pick ONE strawberry with a splatter of cat shit on it and poison seems like a perfectly reasonable option.
2 - I WILL have a soft fruit harvest next year. I will work out how those bloody birds and mice are stripping my glossy-berried redcurrants bare in the 24 hour window between me noticing that they are ripe and coming out with a bowl to pick them. I got NOTHING this year.
I had to harvest my gooseberries when they were as hard as Katie Price's tits - but they made lovely jam. The gooseberries that is.
3 I have only one planting combination in my mind that I MUST get organised for next year - some Crocosmia (Montbretia) called Lucifer (fiery red flowers and deep green foliage) and Agapanthus bulbs - big, blowsy, purple/blue flowers that are going to look GREAT with Lucifer. And yes, they flower at the same time!
|images shamelessly nicked from gardenersworld.com|
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|cerigtostigma willmttanium - suggested by viv|
|Cerinthe purpurescens - as suggested by Viv|