Welcome to November which has started with a much colder and 'brisker' feel to it. With the clocks going back we have shorter working days in the garden but there is still plenty of opportunity to cut back perennials , remove annuals that have finished and rake the leaves up from the beds, borders and lawns.

            Autumn foliage colours have been really excellent this year, but now may be the moment to clear up leaves that have fallen.  

       •We are open on Sundays at the moment and will continue until Christmas. We open on Sundays at 11 am.

        •We have changed our selection of bedding plants to reflect the autumn and winter - cyclamen of different sizes and colours, winter pansies, primroses, hellebores and winter heathers are part of our varied selection of winter interest

         •The time for ordering Christmas trees is not very far away. Please call us on 0207 937 0481 for prices, availability and sizes. 

       •We are stocking up a large and varied selection of evergreen shrubs and climbers - some with autumn colour and berry and others with the promise of spring flowering. All our camellias have arrived with a good range  of sizes and varieties.

        •We are continuing to sell spring flowering bulbs, some of which are presented in clever pre-pack selections to combine colour themes and textures. We also stock a range of loose bulbs for you to make your own choices

        •The box tree caterpillar continues to be a serious problem in this area. Check all your buxus plants and take action if necessary as soon as possible, because delay will result in you losing your favourite plants or topiary. Be aware that this problem will likely re-occur when the weather warms up again and that you should continue to monitor the situation. In addition buxus blight seems to have been exacerbated by the relatively mild winter - perhaps it is time to think of planting alternatives, such as ilex crenata

         •Our selection 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. Do not forget that a rake is a very useful tool throughout autumn and winter

        •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 a floral gift. We have added ten new designs from Blume editions to add choices to our range which are equally as charming

         •We stock all the necessary components for irrigation systems from both Hozelock and Gardena - both these companies recommend the temporary removal and dry storage of their water timers before the risk of serious frost

         •Our florists are now taking orders for Thanksgiving flowers, table arrangements and of course advent rings for Christmas. Please give them a call on 0207 937 0481 to discuss. 

          November will clearly bring a much colder feel to the weather - letting us know that winter is on our doorstep. Working in your garden at this time of year will  show the benefits in the spring - it is worth spending a few hours outside to achieve the best results in the future!

               Enjoy your garden, 

           Richard Hood