Picking seasonal fruits and adding color to the garden with autumn-flowering bulbs are two weekend gardening projects.

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Picking seasonal fruits and adding color to the garden with autumn-flowering bulbs are two weekend gardening projects.

Furthermore, ‘pre-central heating’ care is beneficial to houseplants.

Fruits and berries ripen in the autumn, while tuberous plants die back, signaling that it’s time to store tubers and bulbs for the following year.

Autumn-flowering bulbs add a splash of color to the garden.

Starches in ripening apples and pears are converted to sugars and scents, while the join between the tree and the fruit weakens, resulting in fruit fall.

When you gently lift the remaining fruits, they will quickly fall away in your hand, indicating that they are ripening.

When you bite into a pear, you can tell it’s sweet.

It won’t be until November that late-maturing fruits separate.

Some fruits ripen quickly after being picked, while others take weeks to ripen in a cool, dark place.

Tuberous plants and bulbs die back in the autumn, but their tubers can be saved and grown again the following year.

Leave in place or lift and store cool but frost-free in cold, wet climates.

Begonias, dahlias, gladioli, nasturtiums, and even runner beans are among the tubers and bulbs that can be retrieved.

Before lifting the foliage, let it die down naturally or until it has been blackened by autumn frosts.

As summer flowers fade, autumn flowers such as crocus, cyclamen, and colchicum add color.

Purple saffron crocus and autumn crocus with lilac (C speciosus) or white (“Albus”) flowers bloom in the autumn.

The delicate pink flowers and attractive low foliage of ivy-leaved cyclamen (Cyclamen hederifolium) are worth the extra cost.

Colchicum (meadow saffron) is poisonous, so use it with caution, but its crocus-like 10cm-high flowers are a highlight of the autumn season.

The double-flowered pink “Waterlily” is particularly appealing.

Before the light levels fall and growth slows, finish potting or trimming.

Plants should be placed in direct sunlight.

Succulents and cacti, in particular, require a lot of light.

In dimly lit areas, consider using LED lighting.

There is a significant reduction in the amount of water and fertilizer required now.

Less water is needed if the leaves are yellowing or drooping.

Stock up on houseplants now to give them time to acclimate before the central heating’s falling humidity and fluctuating temperatures set in.

Following tiny spring flowers that are often enjoyed by insects, deciduous sorbus trees produce abundant autumn berries and later, tinted leaves.

Wild gardens benefit from the red berries of native mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia).

Yellow-berried “Wisley Gold,” which grows to 8m, and “Autumn Spire,” which grows to 6m and is known for its rich autumn foliage, are two smaller garden forms.

S pseudohupehensis, also known as the “Pink Pagoda,” grows to a height of 8 meters.

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Picking seasonal fruits and adding color with autumn-flowering bulbs are two weekend gardening projects.

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Gardening jobs for the weekend: pick seasonal fruits, and add colour with autumn-flowering bulbs

Picking apples. Image via Perry Stewart

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