September Gardening Tips
Autumn may be on the way but there is still plenty to enjoy in the garden. Many plants are sporting a wonderful second burst of blooms. I have roses, lupins and clematis all looking striking at the moment.
The star of the show is Mrs Cholmondeley a gorgeous clematis, which I would best describe as a really ‘good doer’. Having treated us to bountiful mid-blue blooms earlier in the summer, her second flush is only slightly less abundant than her first. Stately gladioli and the sunset hues of dahlias add to the mix giving a real feast for the senses.
For a feast of the edible kind our broad beans and runner beans are cropping really well, delicious accompanied with home grown potatoes and a little butter. Our salad also continues to thrive. What a treat home grown produce really is and how fortunate we are to be able to grow and enjoy the generosity of our garden.
Cyclamen, pansies and chrysanthemums can all be planted now to extend the flowering season. Keep deadheading roses and tie in the shoots of climbing roses. Deadhead perennials as appropriate, leaving some stems and seed heads intact over winter for an architectural look. As autumn progresses the soil is warm and moist which makes this the best planting season of all for every sort of hardy plant from roses, shrubs and climbers to trees.
Now is the perfect time to plan for beautiful spring colour. It is such a joy to see the spring flowering bulbs in the garden centres. I am always tempted. Autumn is also the ideal time to lay turf and sow grass seeds. For an established lawn an autumn feed will result in a lusher, more resilient lawn next spring.