- Grass Cutting
- Magnolia Seed Collection
- Drying Hydrangea
- Rhododendron Seed Collection
- Scented Camellias
- Hedge Trimming
Now that the growing season is over it is sensible to complete a quick second grass cut in woodland areas. This means that any re-growth of brambles, nettles and other invasive weeds is kept in check. More importantly, you will have a neat well mown lawn around your woodland plants which will allow daffodils, bluebells, primroses and violets to stand out next spring. If lumpy grass tussocks are left this effect will be nowhere near as good.
Magnolia seeds are ready to collect when the seed pods start to turn purple or pink and start to split open to show individual orange seeds. Collect individual seeds and over-winter them in dry (but not damp or heated) conditions where they are safe from mice ready for planting in the spring.
For more information on storing a propagating Magnolia seeds see our care article or our article on how to collect and store seeds.
Some varieties of hydrangea make excellent dried flowers and will retain their colour if dried slowly in a dry but unheated shed.
See our care article for more detailed pictures and instructions on dead heading hydrangeas.
Collecting Rhododendron Seeds
Collect Rhododendron seeds when the seed pods turn brown and start to split open. Store the seed in dry conditions ready for sowing in the spring.
For further instructions on collecting and storing rhododendron seeds see our rhododendron care article or article on how to collect and store seeds.