Well I wouldn’t call it an Indian summer but we’ve had some nice days and a little rain to keep the late summer borders going.
A few of us went to Kathy Brown’s garden on Saturday 18th September. Kathy and Simon have a beautiful and vast garden with stunning late flower borders with dahlias, salvias, Asters, Rudbeckias and many more. They are a most hospitable couple and maintain the gardens with just a half a days help every fortnight, Amazing! We had a lovely afternoon and Kathy’s cakes are delicious! I also had the opportunity to go to Chelsea this year, the first time it has been held in September. A joy as always.
There are no more garden visits planned for this year but we have three events that Maidford in the Garden are hosting and to which we are all invited;
Wednesday 3rd November – Lucy Hartley – Garden Design Part 2
Wednesday 24th November – Chris Day from Buckingham Garden Centre – Taming The Indoor Jungle (‘Houseplants Made Easy’)
Wednesday 8th December – Christmas Wreath Making – with a glass of mulled wine
I’ll be in touch nearer the time to see who would like to attend but feel free to contact Sue or Teresa if you would like to come along so that I can pass numbers on to the organisers.
As alway there is still lots to do in the garden, deciding whether or not to cut back herbaceous perennials. It’s nice to be tidy but the birds will be grateful for the seeds and the seed heads can look beautiful in their own right, particularly touched by frost in the short winter months. Lots of leaves to collect into punctured bags or a small enclosure to make leaf mould, wonderful to add back into the soil as a mulch around plants. It’s also a good time for moving shrubs, adding new where you have gaps and getting them established before the winter. All the best advice as to what we could and should be doing in our gardens this month can be found in the usual places on the RHS web site