Time to bring in the tender plants


Although there is still a little colour left in some of them (I photographed these ivy-leaved pelargoniums this morning), we’ll be putting to bed our tender perennials this weekend.  Dahlias and cannas are simple enough to deal with, we sometimes just move their pots into the polytunnel or greenhouse and leave it at that.  If we need the pots for spring bedding however, we wrap the tubers in newspaper or put them in old compost.  More difficult, in our experience, is over-wintering pelargoniums.  Invariably, we lose several to fungal attacks.  I suspect our polytunnel may be too prone to condensation but even plants left in the greenhouse are not immune to the fungal blight.  I suspect that the answer lies in some happy balance of minimal watering vs. complete drought, which we at least, have yet to stumble upon.

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