Welcome to August where yet again we can only hope for a continuation of this wonderful spell of weather. Keep a regular eye on the pots and containers in the garden - they are prone to drying out in these conditions, and will require frequent watering.

          Summer bedding plants will need to have old flowers removed if their flowering period is to carry on through these hot conditions. As August progresses we would normally expect some showers  -perhaps making the gardener's job a little easier.

        •Our summer bedding is still in stock although the range is now considerably limited. It is still possible to create colourful displays and make up pots or window boxes

        • We will be closed on Sundays from the 13th of July until Sunday the 5th of October. We are open later on Thursdays until 6.30 pm

        •Our new range of tools by Spear & Jackson have proved to be a very successful seller. Designed by Kew staff these tools are some of the most reliable available. Our new range of gloves from Briers has also done very well and we have changed one or two glove

         •Seeds from Sutton and Thompson & Morgan are now much more limited in range. We will continue to keep Franchi seeds from Italy fully stocked.

         •Our cards from the Natural History Museum's Archivist collection are both beautiful and inexpensive - we are trying out some new images for July and August

         •Garden maintenance and one-off garden visits can be arranged by our garden services department. Please speak to Patrick Green on 07813602409

         •Late summer flowering perennials will be in stock from now - penstemons, salvias, anemone japonicas, rudbeckias and particularly pretty gauras are all available

         •Irrigation parts and equipment by Gardena and Hozelock are in stock and at present we have a full range. Our garden services team will be happy to quote to install irrigation systems

         • Autumn flowering crocus and colchicum are already here. And it will not be long before our spring-flowering bulbs go out on display. 

         •September will see the arrival of autumn-flowering heathers and winter-flowering pansies plus cyclamens, of course.

            •Sit back and enjoy the garden and the rest of the summer (if you are going away think about how you are going to keep the garden watered).