September

                We will remain closed on Sundays until the first Sunday of October.

                 Welcome to September, which is a busy month in the nursery as effectively the planting seasons change. There is less summer bedding now as growers move towards their autumn stock - soon we will have cyclamen, autumn-flowering heathers, primroses and of course winter-flowering pansies. Any late summer colour and early autumn perennials should be dead-headed frequently to ensure the longer duration of flower. 

              Spring-flowering bulbs have also arrived and we are in the process of displaying a very good range of loose bulbs - tulips, snowdrops, daffodils, crocus, narcissi and many others are all available and are generally larger bulbs than those offered in pre-packs. Time to start planning the spring bulb show!   

              •The range of summer bedding plants has dwindled in favour of colour coming from early autumn perennials - rudbeckias, heleniums, echinaceas, coreopsis, dahlias and other plants offering that last splash of summer colour. Very soon we will have the full autumn and winter selection of bedding plants available. 

              •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     

              •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. As autumn approaches it is worth checking that your system is working properly before draining it down when the harder winter approaches.

              •The box tree caterpillar is active once again and continues to cause damage in these mild conditions. Check all your buxus very closely to make sure they are not under attack. You may have to spray or use biological control to try to get on top of the situation or possibly think of replacing with ilex crenata (japanese holly) or other alternatives if the damage is too severe

              •There is a limited range of perennial plants available through September, including echinacea, heleniums, verbenas, rudbeckias, anemones, erigerons, salvias and more. Give us a ring (0207 937 0471) to check supplies.

                  Let us hope that September continues to be mild and sunny so we keep that 'last of summer' feel in the garden. Of course we need moisture for our gardens but let us hope it rains in the evenings! Enjoy your garden,

                   

              Richard Hood