Sunday, October 04, 2015

Autumn Beckons

It's October now and autumn has definitely begun. Although the garden is still looking very lush and only a few plants have just started changing leaf colours and shedding them, preparations have begun for the coming colder months.


First things first, start treating and shifting our pots of succulents. It wasn't easy to break up the display we created for the summer but I took a deep breath and just went on with it.



I really ought to get a potting bench. This squatting malarkey isn't good for my back long term. Still one has to smile...


For the whole of last week it was sunny and dry, albeit with significantly cooler temperatures than the previous month. The week before though we had so much rain which helped most of the succulent to bulk up even more.


But there are lots of pots to shift so one must carry on.


As expected we didn't get to finish moving them all. We weren't expecting to anyway. Autumn preparation usually goes on for weeks but we've had a good head start already.

I'll miss the succulent display we had last summer...



But they don't look too bad under cover either.



They'll keep me company as I spend more time once again, during the colder months in the koi shed.

Mark :-)

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  1. Hi Mark, oh my gosh, I didn't know that you guys have that much of a succulent collections! Your summer display looked fabulous. I wouldn't have liked to take that apart either. Each plant appears perfect and I am surprised that you don't have any yellow leaves or even rot on your succulents, considering all the rain that you are having in great Britain.
    By the way, I love the light blue chairs and the large candelabra with the light blue candles. Wouldn't mind to sit down there and enjoy the last warm days of autumn ;-).
    Warm regards,
    Christina

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    1. Thanks Christina :) hopefully there won't be any frost for a long time and lots of sunny days to still enjoy the garden just sitting down, albeit with a coat on.

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  2. The succulent display in the table is looking really good!
    It will be a shame to break it all up, but think of the pleasure of recreating it all again next Spring. (I'm trying to be positive, as much for my benefit as yours!)

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    1. It'll be different for next year too Jessica :)

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  3. I can feel your pain, breaking apart such a beautiful display. But at least you're getting a good head start so you won't be in a mad rush when the cold weather comes.

    I'm beginning to think of fall gardening projects as well...

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    1. It was good while it lasted Gerhard. New things to look forward to next year now :)

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  4. I knew there was a reason you haven't been posting much lately -- too busy moving all of those pots! ;) Now you have that great shed display to enjoy during the winter months... and your sunroom... and the other shed... and the greenhouse. You'll be pulling them all out again in the spring before your know it!

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  5. What a task! It may be hot and dry here but I guess I'm lucky I don't have to haul my succulents under cover. Yours do look good in their winter lodgings, though!

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    1. Ahh to have that kind of climate here Kris, okay perhaps less dry and hot :)

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  6. It was a wonderful display, and it's good that you took lots of pictures! You are not going to water your succulents during their shed vacation, are you?

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    1. Might do a little bit Tatyana but will mainly keep them on the dry side.

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  7. I've begun too, last week. It's amazing to see how many I've moved...and how many more I have to move! I'm sure you can relate....

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  8. I always move pots in fall too, not indoors of course but to take advantage of the shifting sun/shade, so the summer setup of containers disappears here too. Your succulents look incredibly healthy and seem to be in perfect condition for moving under cover. I finally got a little potting area setup last year -- you make squatting look like no trouble at all, but my knees were crying!

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    1. Buying time with the squatting thing, just hoping that I won't suffer for it later on Denise :)

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  9. I am, as ever, in awe of your dedication. I couldn't cope with having so many pots to move around, but they do look wonderful, and next year you get to challenge yourselves to create an even better display. The table still looks great too.

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    1. Thanks Janet! You get into a rhythm though once you start shifting them :)

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  10. Your succulent display definitely looks good under cover. I have a few pots to move, but nothing compared to you. Your task seems daunting, but then most gardening is one step at a time and keep moving, until winter comes and makes us rest. I still love your table with the succulent center!

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    1. Indeed Debs, start early but with an easy pace :)

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  11. I spot two common (very common) watering cans :-) Of much more interest are the small (1L) strange shaped containers which I guess are something that might kill vine weevil?? Do not be afraid in admitting you use chemical warfare against those little barstewards :-)

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    1. They are indeed Don :) needs be though sometimes as they do the job nicely. Nematodes on the ground though!

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  12. They do look very nice tucked in for the winter but we'll all miss your spectacular summer display. I've started taking a few things inside. The task seems less daunting when done a few plants at a time!

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    1. It was good fun while it lasted Peter :)

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  13. That's a lot of work to do during seasons change. But they are pretty even inside the shed as outside. Maybe you should include your garden where others can tour and learn, i guess many gardeners will learn a lot from you. If ony i am nearer i am inviting myself, haha!

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