Fall is here. The nights are drawing in earlier each day. The blue skies and sunny days haven’t quite disappeared but there is a distinctive winter chill in the air. In the garden the herbaceous borders across the country our winding down and the winter shrubs are taking centre stage.
It’s not too late to be planting, moving or introducing new plants into the garden. The ground below is still warm from the summer sun. This is the perfect time for new plants to establish themselves firmly amongst the borders, building their root system through the winter, ready to make an entrance in the spring.
Here in Fownhope we have welcomed a couple of new arrivals into our garden hedge. A pair of chirpy winter Robins who have set up home and seem to be rather fond of fruit cake.
My plant of the month for October has to be:
Summer seems to be coming to a close as quickly as it arrived. With most of the summer time herbaceous revellers finishing their performances, many devious deciduous tree’s have begun dropping their leaves. The days are ever shortening, with the nights steadily getting cooler. Though you can still catch in the air the whiff of the odd last summer BBQ!
Now is the time to make any big changes in the borders. The plants have done their growing above ground and are now winding down for the winter. With the ground still warm, now is the perfect time to move or divide any perennials, shrubs or young trees that need relocating. This will give them time to settle into their new homes and help them establish new roots over the winter.
My plant of the month for September has to be:
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Summer gardens are just reaching their peaks and my plant of the month for August has to be one that truly reaches heights.
I have the fortune of working for a nursery who supplies plants nationwide and daily get to see oceans of beautiful plants all ready to be shipped off to garden centres and supermarkets.
My plant of the month for August is:
Delphinium highlander ‘Cha Cha’
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To begin I must type my apologies to those who may have been awaiting Junes thrilling instalment of ‘plant of the month’. Alas we were moving house, away from the bustling heart of Hereford City out into Continue reading
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Spring has most definitely arrived. The days are longer, steadily getting warmer and you can already catch in the air the whiff of the odd early bird BBQ!
Garden centres are stocking up as the ground becomes warm enough to get out and start planting.
My plant of the month for April has to be:
Dicentra spectabilis ‘Valentine’