Bulbs! Plant Your "Springs"...
...and Dig Up Your "Summers"!
To Dig? Or Not To Dig? Here's the Answer(s):
Members of the in-between group include agapanthus (also known as the African lily); anemones; and the belladonna amaryllis (or belladonna lily); these might survive winter outdoors if you mulch them heavily after the ground freezes, especially if they're in a protected area close to the house. (If in doubt, lift 'em out!)
But really tender ones like tuberous begonias, canna and calla lilies, dahlias, and gladiolas are absolute musts for bringing indoors; leave any of them in the ground and they'll perish over the winter. (Check Bulb dot com for your specific conditions)
Here's How To Bring In Your Bulbs of Summer
Your Multiple Choices for Plants in Pots
The first is to drag the pots into a cool dark place where the temperature won't drop below 40 and just let them sit till Spring.
The second is to take the roots out of the pots and store them in peat, vermiculite or sand till planting time arrives again next year.
The third is to keep growing some of the tropical ones over winter. That's what I'm trying with an especially pretty purple dahlia. It was blooming so beautifully, I brought it in and put it under my brightest light; I'm shooting for Christmas dahlias!
Weekend Marching Orders: Plant, Dig, Divide & Shred!
You still have time to get Spring bulbs in the ground; just bury them twice as deep as they are high, and don't mulch them (or anything else) yet; we only do that after the ground has frozen solid. Trust me.
And trust me that you're running out of time to dig up and store tender bulbs like dahlias and glads for the winter.
If the weather's nice, you might also want to dig up, divide and replant perennials like hostas and peonies that have become crowded.
And you definitely want to keep shredding and saving every precious Fall leaf! They're the only really safe mulch for your landscape, and you'll need them when we start to make compost next week!
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