It's hard to think about spring coming but now is the time to start planning and purchasing bulbs. Gather the pumpkins and create a welcoming display and plant your pansies. All fun and easy things to do this October in your home, garden or yard!
Fall is the time to start planting bulbs such as daffodils, snowflakes, and Spanish bluebells. These spring blooms are some of the best perennials for all gardens. They are drought tolerant and long lived and will multiply in your yard. Plant them in a spot that will receive at least six hours of sun a day while the leaves are green.
They can take a bit of dappled light but won't bloom in shade, so take heed. These bulbs like soil that is loose and well drained. Set bulbs twice as deep as they are tall, and water well after planting. Buy your bulbs at a local nursery or online and of course select a lovely new garden planterfrom us!
Gather the pumpkins. These are so popular in October, and are found at local farmers markets, grocery stores and roadside stands. The new heirloom pumpkins are great is pastel colors and sizes. Select ones that are firm and unblemished.
Keep them cool and dry and they should last for months. A popular look this year is the pumpkin stack using a garden urn or garden planter with feet. Use varied sizes and colors and create a fantastic entry piece. Just stacking pumpkins, colorful garden mums in orange, or red planters is lovely.
Plant your pansies.....Adding fall flowers to your garden containers and flowerbeds now allows roots to get established before cold weather sets in, so don't delay. Place transplants in a sunny spot in rich, well draining soil. When planting in pots, good drainage is very important also. Be sure the pot has drain holes. Try cold tolerant pansies like Plentifall. Other flowers to plant now include dianthus, snapdragons, calendulas, and discias.