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September Newsletter

The witches in Macbeth knew a thing or two about last month’s dismal washout! After a mostly less than glorious August (bar that astonishing rain-free and record-breaking bank holiday weekend), we’re sincerely hoping September will usher in an Indian summer and kinder weather as our gardens gear up to full harvest mode.  

The year seems to gallop by at this stage so it’s best to be organised and plan well ahead for the planting season just around the corner...
Plant of the Month

Garden trees, ornamental trees, fruit trees - they’re the backbone of our landscape and our gardens, heritage for our children and a source of joy for us all! Plus they’re highly efficient carbon sinks and a source of brilliant leaf mould compost, should the prospect of autumn and falling leaves seem a little gloomy. Trees are best planted bareroot so do look at the website and put your orders in early.
Apple Trees
Cherry Trees
When the urge to do housekeeping in the garden overwhelms, please spare a thought for your local wildlife and build a pile of natural garden waste as a ‘des res’ in which hedgehogs, newts, frogs, insects can hibernate (Pub Quiz alert: a little 'house' made of logs and branches where hedgehogs and other animals can overwinter is called a hibernaculum – who would have known?).
It’s a very berry time of year; perfect for jams and jellies, coulis to dollop over meat or ice cream, summer puddings, sorbets – for a little in-house inspiration, here's our secret recipe for Ashridge hedgerow jelly
September is superb for...
Starting to plant spring bulbs in earnest, taking a long hard look at your lawn and giving your lavender a radical haircut.

For artfully disarranged ‘random’ bulb patterns, toss handfuls into the air and plant where they fall. They’ll love the warm soil and the prospect of colour next spring is such a cheery thought as our gardens start to fade. Lawns generally need serious renovation after the summer so use a reputable feed, weed and mosskiller to reinvent your probably not-so-emerald and patchy sward in no time at all.

Our love affair with lavender continues unabated; to pass on some insider knowledge, it’s a truth universally acknowledged (apologies Jane Austen) that the three eighths rule works wonders. After the eighth month (August in our book), cut back each plant to eight inches high and eight inches wide. It’ll stop your lavender from getting leggy and help it on to happiness, health and shapeliness in the year to come!

Allium Bulbs
Tulip Bulbs
We're going green
It’s a madness that black plant pots are not recyclable, but the same pot in taupe (very Farrow and Ball) is. So we’re banging the eco-drum as loudly as we can and moving towards using as many recyclable pots as possible - our lavender looks lovely in them!

And remember that trees eat CO2 for breakfast, lunch and dinner, then keep it safely locked away.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now
Jobs for the Garden
Clear containers of summer bedding if they’re beyond hope and plant with pansies, violas and spring bulbs in fresh compost. Keep deadheading and remember that dahlia spent flowers are pointed and soft – easily confused with buds, which are blunter and firm. Pick vegetables regularly before they morph into monoliths (although the September shows and Harvest Festivals may be worth a punt with a giant), plant perpetual spinach and chard for winter and spring, and leeks too. Click here to see more glorious gardening tasks.
Flower Shows

Autumn colour is the name of the game towards the end of the month; if you can, do visit Stourhead’s lovely lakeside gardens in Wiltshire and the flaming display of the National Arboretum at Westonbirt.

There’s also the Malvern Autumn Show in Worcestershire on 28th and 29th September.

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We deliver more than 2,500 varieties of plants direct to your door – garden and fruit trees, bulbs, climbers, roses, lavender, soft fruit, flowers, herbs and accessories. Have a look online and leave the rest to us – we look forward to hearing from you, and in the meantime enjoy your garden and (hopefully!) some lovely weather.  
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