|Posted on October 21, 2010 at 7:36 PM|
Mersham has just Had its first frosts of autumn I woke up to day to find the dahlias had been blackened and they had gone all mushy, at this time you can do one of two things with dahlias ,you can dig them up wash off and then dry the tubers in a frost free place for a few days before storing in boxes or crates of dry in compost again in a frost free place ,or there is the more recant way , that people are using now and that is to leave them where they are , depending on the severity of the winter dahlias can often survive in a sheltered spot in the garden , the choices is yours weather to risk your bulbs , mine I leave them in ,
It is the same with perennials that have now died back , if you can bare to look at the dead plant stems then leave them as this can ad the plants chance of serving a cold winter, the more tender plants in your garden , will benefit from this a it gives them another chance of surviving a cold winter if you leave your more tender plants out, i take cuttings and or bring in any plants that are frost tender
Regarding those plants that are half hardy frost tender if have not brought them in to the greenhouse do it as soon as possible before it too late autumn if you want them next year
plants looking good now
Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm'
Sedum spectabile 'Septemberglut'