,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.
If you need any plants or help with planting please do not hesitate to contact us.
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