,Letters from the garden
A little warmer but definitely Autumn mornings and evenings now, loving the smell but it does mean darker nights and mornings are creeping in and we need to start doing all those jobs to keep the garden going through winter.
Bulbs: now we know what ones we like to watch when it gets to late winter early spring, so what’s it going to be this year? I am championing more alliums all round, there is never enough and try and match it with a few new grasses. I also think the native bluebell needs some help and of course snowdrops in abundance is never a bad thing.
I recently went to visit a friend in France who has a lovely pond out the front with as much space again of grass and a coupe of trees, absolutely crying out for some daffs, this year her mission to chuck randomly, bulbs and encourage the two neighbours that she has, to do the same.
Being another Horty Lady who is desperate for more plants, she has decided to grow her own, we are so lucky here to have the choice of plants from us plant people who do grow or the local garden centres. My friend introduced me to a lovely flower that i didn’t know, from her bee garden, it’s called Tithonia – Mexican sunflower. The most brilliant orange and perfect for Bees and looks great, it’s an annual so give it a go even if you throw the seeds in pots in the early spring.
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Letters from the garden
Wet is not the word, I hope when you are reading this it’s stopped raining and the sun has come back to shine on us all. The lawns barely had time to slow down before the rains came in, and now they are all lush and we are desperately trying to keep on top of them, but we can and we will.
September is the time when those late flowering borders are looking wonderful and the smell in the air changes as we get our Autumn mornings, a lovely time of year even though you know it’s going towards darker nights already, and the lighting in the garden is coming into it’s own showing up the beautiful grasses swaying and keeping the birds happy.
Digging borders and feeding them is a good job to do now, and at the same time you could be planting your bulbs, what is it this year? I want lots more alliums, I’m going to try a few more varieties and throw in some lovely orange tulips too. Don’t be surprised if you feel as if you replace the tulips all the time, they don’t always last through winter and also they are sweet treat to some wildlife!
Well enjoy moving into September I hope it’s lovely and warm and we can work away on the gardens making them even more jewel like for next year.
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Christian Dupont has been involved in horticulture for over two decades now, lives near Alton with his wife. She is also a fully trained gardener and horticulturalist. Both are keen photographers as well as accomplished Horticulturalists. some articles are from the Life Mags but mainly for the Herald newspaper, bi-weekly column in the local business