The vaguely green-fingered thoughts of a rambling rose.

November Necessities

I'm very lucky to have my birthday this month as my family know that if they're stuck for ideas, gift vouchers for the garden centre will go down very well, along with spring flowering bulbs.

November is the best time to plant bulbs for blooms in the springtime.  Particularly tulips to prevent tulip fire.  I'm assured that if planted deeper than usual, tulips may have a better chance of flowering again the following year.

Start leafmold. One can compost them in a cage made from timber and chickenwire, but I bag them up and pop them between my compost bins. Just don't let them dry out too much.

Now the weather has actually turned, it's time to lift the cannas, dry them off and store in used compost somewhere dark and frost free.

Move shrubs.  The cornus in the front garden struggled this year so we've moved it to a sunnier spot.

Plant up winter displays.  There seems to be a shortage of good quality plants available at the moment here.  I wonder if it's a knock on effect of the longer than usual summer.

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