You can smell the nip in the air morning and evening now, that unmistakable scent of autumn gently creeping up on us with its misty mornings and low setting sun. It is always sad to leave summer behind and warm autumn days are to be cherished. However, on the up-side, it really is the best time of year to get planting. The soil is warm but damp and hardy plants get off to a great start, sending out roots and putting themselves in the best possible position to really grow and thrive next spring. So now is the time to begin autumn planting of shrubs, trees and hardy plants. Spring flowering bulbs are now in stock. Buy early for the best choice, chose large bulbs for better flowers. New lawns can be sown or turf laid. Worn areas can be re-sown.
More about planting over the next couple of months. In the meantime there is a harvest to enjoy! Pick Apples and Pears. Harvest Onions and Shallots and allow them to dry naturally. Lift main crop Potatoes. Pick French Beans and Runner Beans.
It is a great time for a little therapeutic tidy up too. When the summer bedding and patio plants start to go over replace with some Garden Mums (Chrysanthemums in old money), delightful dainty cyclamen which will flower until the hard frosts set in or some sturdy winter flowering pansies. Dead head perennials. Cut down dead stems or leave over winter for an architectural look. Dead head roses and tie in new shoots on climbers. Divide and transplant rock plants or alpines if they are spreading too far. Water Dahlias when necessary and support. Plant out Carnations and Pinks and pinch out growing tips.
I wish you some golden autumn days a great planting