October: Seasonal spooktacular

Noticing the leaves on trees put on a fiery spectacle as they change colour is one of my favourite signs of autumn. October has brought with it a drop in temperatures, which means it’s time to think about moving tender plants indoors or giving extra protection from chills and frosts that are on the way. There are also plants that are suited to these conditions, such as these top plants for frost pockets.

With Chelsea Flower Show over for another year, it was a pleasure to be able to bring My Houseplant Changed My Life to life and show the mental and physical benefits of indoor gardening. I was over the moon to be awarded with a Gold Medal as well as winning Best in Discovery Exhibit.
Thanks to everyone who joined my last Facebook Live with Evergreen Garden Care, where I shared seasonal gardening advice to get you through autumn.

Don’t forget to mark the date in your diary for my next Facebook Live on Friday 8th October at 4pm, supported by Yard Force.

You can also catch me on Love Your Garden on Tuesday nights at 8pm on ITV and on Love Your Weekend, Sunday mornings from 10am.

Make the most of your harvests this month by rustling up a tasty meal. This month is prime time to harvest pumpkins, so use them to make delicious pumpkin spice scones. The perfect accompaniment with a hot drink of a chilly afternoon.

Happy gardening!

David

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Gardening tip of the month

Bring a burst of colour to your home by creating an autumnal bouquet.

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Choose a container that matches the colour scheme which will add further interest to the bouquet. Opt for a copper can, basket container or even a pumpkin.

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Start with a plant that has a bright colour to stand out against the foliage. Something like Pyracantha ‘Soleil d’Or’ with the clusters of bright berries.

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Next choose something with delicate detail such as Daucus carota. This has lovely ornamental umbels of pink flowers that add a lovely lace-feel to the mix.

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Choose ornamental grass or foliage that will give a soft look when used as a filler. The blue-grey leaves of Eucalyptus gunnii are a wonderful choice.

Top plants

Though the weather may be getting colder, there’s no reason why our gardens can’t be full of warm and cosy colour. So, get started by using these top ten plants to inspire you.

Top Plants For October

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With cooler chills setting in, it’s important to protect your plants before the frost arrives. Bringing your tender plants indoors will ensure your plants survive the autumn and winter seasons.

Moving plants indoors

Plants for purpose

Frost can be a blessing and a curse for gardeners, but don’t be disheartened if you have frost pockets in your garden because these top picks will tolerate those conditions.

Frost pockets

Pristine Patio

Keep your patio in its prime all year round with these tips so you can make the most of your space, whatever the season. Cosy evenings with the fire pit or wrapped in a blanket looking at the stars.

Pristine Patios

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October Prize Draws

These were the prizes that I was giving away in my newsletter during October 2021.

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Prize Draw Results

Here are the winners from September:

Winners of the Miracle Gro Patch Magic:
Katie Pollock
Linda Pollock
David Linehan
Eileen Elder
Sharon Webster
Joanna Verrell
Hester McQueen
Tania Hall
Samantha Triggs
Janet Hargrave

Winner of the Yard Force 3-in-1 Blower Vacuum and Mulcher:
Cathryn Cranshaw

Congratulations! Look out for even more prize draws throughout October…

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