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This Month October 2014 - Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014

It has been a great September for getting on with the work. Every year I promise myself I will only do one tank full of strimming a day but again I broke my promise to myself and most days did two tanks full. I was very happy to finish the job although generally the grass is getting less with each year as the plants shade it out.

I am now trying to quickly finish the tidying of the herbaceous beds and shrubberies as well as dig up the potato crop. It is a good crop this year, the only downside being that it is taking me a lot longer to dig than last years crop. I am afraid I have allowed the vegetable garden to get rather weedy this year due to having too many other jobs which were higher up the “to do” list. They are definitely only plants in the wrong places as so many of them are very nice herbaceous perennials which I would be happy to see growing in other areas but of course they prefer to seed into the veg garden. I may move some of them if I have time but most will go into the compost bins.

It is unusual for me to be able to mow this late in the year as it is often too wet by now but each week I keep doing just one more mow before the weather turns.

We have just got a new Rowan for our burgeoning collection, it is Sorbus hedlundii which has large silver-green leaves with pronounced midribs and veins. We also bought two small shrubs, Caryopteris Dark Night which has dark blue flowers. Fothergilla intermedia Blue Shadow which has fluffy white flowers and dusky blue leaves. The colours look great next to the new Anemone Fantasy Pocahantas, unfortunately they are of similar height and so I will not plant them together. Perhaps the Fothergilla would look good surrounded by Ophiopogon nigrescens which is a low black grass.

Plant of the Month: Aster - Michaelmas Daisy

For massed herbaceous colour at this time of year Asters are you plant as the daisy-like flowers come in many different colours and look quite vibrant en-masse.  They are native to temperate northern hemisphere being most numerous in North America. There are over 250 species ranging in height from rock garden size up to 6ft (1.8m). They generally prefer sun in well-drained compost-enriched soil with some moisture and shelter from strong winds. Propagate from division in spring or late Autumn or from softwood cuttings in late spring.

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