End of September already! It’s gone from hot and humid; to damp sunny mornings with dew and spider webs everywhere so you know it’s HERE. I even picked up my first conker the other day, it’s a kind of tradition here now that’s my sign, my husband always smiles when he finds it in the house somewhere apparently keeping spiders at bay!!!!
Now that little quirk is out the way I now have others to do now, I call them autumn jobs which we do automatically but not everyone knows when, have you cut back the perennials, planted your spring bulbs, tidied your baskets for winter and potted up anything tender for the greenhouse, if you are able to do this, if not this is needed now, also at this time of year you can start dividing your perennials if they have finished, have a good look and see where there have been gaps and move things around, or you call us and we can do it, it makes the plant perform better as well as them not becoming heavy and thuggish!
Pruning roses and any other shrubs that are suitable at this time of year, slowing down the cutting and feeding the lawns with an autumn feed not a summer one – don’t forget this.
This time is ideal for soil and seeding areas before it gets to cold, and when that’s done you need to feed the beds, this is important the better you treat your soil the better your plants perform, new dressing, mulch, compost and food generally is what’s required, so if you do need help with this please call as we are doing all the above for those that require it.
And then when all of the above has been achieved you’ll be collecting leaves!!! What a fun job if you have a garden blower and yes we can and do this EVERY year.
Letters from the garden
Oh well Autumn is creeping upon us already, misty mornings and muggy days, leaves starting to fall, it’s a shame to say goodbye to summer especially as we’ve had a good couple of months, but I do like the seasonal changes, especially the last hoorah of the hot borders, so a quick visit to Wisley is required before it all finishes.
I grew Tithonia this year which is a Mexican sunflower and they take a while to get going, but at this time of year they are in flower with a lovely orange almost like a moon Dahlia shape, I love them I know they are only annuals here but they are well worth the effort, adding orange with blues and purples always works well as cool and hot mixes do work.
Talking orange I would like to encourage people to use this colour more, especially in winter, in a mist of foggy or just cloudy winter days the one colour that will stand out is ‘Orange’ sorry to say but it works. There are various plants that can be used, Cornus ‘midwinter fire’ is great, others include Hamamelis ‘Jelena’ Whitchazel, Grevillea victoriae ‘Murray Valley Queen’ – a winter-flowering grevillea, which is something a little unusual for you to try, Grasses are a great choice also as you can get various colours and habits for all sizes of gardens.
To make room for winter planting I have also been collecting my seeds and sprinkling a few around at the same time, keeping some for sowing in spring. As we are starting to do now, make sure you collect and use everything your Garden provides, it’s definitely a ‘everything is right with the world moment’ I hope you enjoy it.
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