Welcome to September which has so far been fairly grey and overcast with hints of autumn on the way as the evenings become cooler. Summer bedding plants are gradually running out of steam and regular dead-heading will hopefully continue the last of the summer flowering.
Look out for the change of season availability as we move into the autumn - cyclamen, pansies, violas, autumn heathers are now all available. It is possible to create autumn window boxes that are both colourful and imaginative.
•We remain closed on Sundays until Sunday the 4th of October
•We are in the process of bringing in our autumn shrubs - evergreens in particular. Pieris, viburnums, camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons are all due to arrive
•Spring flowering bulbs are now available and our range of bulbs for 2015 is on display inside our shop - reasonable priced bulbs that will really add to the beauty of the spring garden
•The box tree caterpillar has become an infestation in the area. Check all your box plants and take action if necessary as soon as possible, because delay may result in you losing your favourite box plants or topiary
•Our cards from the Natural History Museum's Archivist collection are both beautiful and inexpensive and provide a lovely way to send a message with floral gift
•Our collection of tools from Spear & Jackson, the Kew Gardener collection, is one of the best available and has proved to be a great success with our landscapers and customers
•We stock all the necessary components for irrigation systems from both Hozelock and Gardena - but bear in mind that all irrigation systems should be 'drained down' before the frosty weather arrives
•Garden maintenance and one-off visits can be arranged by our Garden Services department. Please speak to Daniel Duke on 07813 602409 or have a look at the new website for the Garden Services (www.rassellsgardens.co.uk)
•Let us hope for a crisp and clear arrival of Autumn - cold nights but sunny days will produce the most vibrant autumn colours