Welcome to October, the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness which so far has actually continued to be balmy with clear skies. Rain has been in relatively short supply through September so it may well be worth checking pots and containers for adequate water.

        Autumn bedding plants have arrived despite the warm weather and a changeover of seasonal planting is increasingly inevitable. Cyclamen, pansies, primroses and wallflowers combined with underplanting of spring bulbs will achieve continuous colour until next year.

        Berried plants will also enhance the colours of autumn with stocks of skimmia, pernettya, winter cherry and gaultheria brightening up our displays.

        • We will be open on Sundays again from Sunday the 5th of October, opening at 11am

         •Our spring flowering bulbs are all here to choose from - you can either select your own varieties from our stock of loose bulbs or choose the pre-packed mixes of spring colour.

         •Autumn flowering crocus and colchicums are still available but in more limited supply

         •Our cards from the Natural History Museum's Archivist collection are both beautiful and inexpensive and we have added more variety to the range

         •Our new range of tools from Spear & Jackson are the some of the best available and have proved to be a success, as well as our new range of gloves supplied by Briers

         •We still stock seeds from Suttons and Thompson & Morgan, although the stocks are now more limited

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

         •We will be bringing our range of pumpkins and gourds for sale in the first few days of October - time to start thinking about preparation for Halloween!

         •The colours of Autumn will soon commence as temperatures drop away at night - look for signs of turning leaves and count the days before the clocks go back