Wrapping up plants for winter

Posted: Wednesday 26 November 2014
by Pippa Greenwood

It’s been a very long autumn – in a good way. It’s also been mild, which has meant the autumn colour was nothing like as good as usual. But then, very suddenly, we had a sharp drop in temperature.


It’s been a very long autumn – in a good way. It’s also been mild, which has meant the autumn colour was nothing like as good as usual. But then, very suddenly, we had a sharp drop in temperature.

I’ve been moving pots into sheltered spaces and many into the greenhouse. Fortunately, the greenhouse was cleared of all the remaining tomatoes last week, so it was less like entering deep jungle than it might have been.

Greenhouses really do provide great frost protection (even mine, with slipping panes and unwanted draughts). However, after losing my beloved ginger lily (Hedychium) a couple of winters back, I’m now more cautious. I started again with a couple of new tubers, bought at a flower show. I carefully chose tubers with a few buds, then divided them so that each segment had at least one really good looking bud. I potted them up, grew them on and this year we had five wonderful plants with stunning yellow flower spikes and large leaves. The scent was glorious.

I parked one of my new ginger lilies on the front door step, so its fragrance could greet me when I got home late at night. This one, being in the most protected spot, has only just stopped flowering!

Once bitten, twice shy… This winter, the ginger lilies are being treated to a fleece jacket. In the past I’ve relied on draping fleece over plants, but now I have roomy fleece ‘bags’, which are easy to pop over the top of each plant. They’re kept in place by a drawstring and are easy to remove if we have another sudden warm spell.

I’ve been moving around the garden with fleece ‘jackets’ and tri-pegs, so the less hardy plants will have a snug winter. The plants will be happy, but I’m sad to say this is my last regular blog for gardenersworld.com. So, it’s a ‘wrap’ in both senses of the word! It’s been great being with you!





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Pol Bishop 27/11/2014 at 09:39

First of all, I want to say thanks for the great blog posts and good luck to Pippa. Secondly, this one is really important topic, since I know lots of gardeners who simply think that they can neglect the winter preparations. Well, this is an important task for the whole garden in general. In addition to these tips I want to add a material from my personal collection. Hope you like it.

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Salino 27/11/2014 at 11:36

..regarding autumn colour... always an alternative view available... perhaps it depends where you live...?http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/nov/26/plantwatch-leaf-colour-autumn-trees-sun-frost

 

 

richard braby 04/01/2015 at 01:49

A couple of years ago I lost some pot plants that I'd had for at least 15 years, even though I covered them well the coldest still got to them and I lost them all, just because I didn't cover them better.

Obelixx 04/01/2015 at 13:01

Winters here usually have a few weeks of -15C and can get as cold as -32C in a bad year so I prefer tor try and grow hardy plants that don't need extra coddling.   I put pots of hosta and lilies in a shed and pots of bulbs and evergreen agapanthus in the greenhouse.  I put a windbreak mesh on the back fence and another round the two blueberry bushes and then it's fingers crossed.

Why are so many of our favourite bloggers leaving GW?   Great shame.

Gary Presti 31/03/2015 at 19:46

What a great post! Thank you for sharing