Balcony care in October
With October we move towards autumn and the cold season. The climatic differences in our peninsula are, however, decisive: while in the North and in the mountainous areas it is at the end of many blooms and we must prepare to withdraw the most delicate specimens, in the South and on the coasts we can wait for the following month.
This is a busy period: we must try to make the most of our outdoor space and at the same time start organizing the winter blooms, to be kept indoors, and the spring ones.
Many annual or biennial plants have reached the end of their cycle: let's eliminate them and prepare the pots for winter storage. In order to be able to reuse them safely, it is best to remove all the earth, wash the inside with a wire brush (if in terracotta) and disinfect them (ideal is bleach).
There are still many plants in full splendor, some for the blooms, others for the foliage. Among the first we mention dahlias, chrysanthemums, asters, Japanese anemones, crocus and autumnal colchici. Notable for the foliage with warm shades are many maples, some shrub peonies and hydrangee (especially quercifolia). It is important to remember to fire them, especially after hot days. A sunny exposure also prolongs the growing season as well as making the colors more intense.