Well it HAD been a month since the last heavy rain and the water butts were empty BUT, we’ve had some really good rain in the last week of September and the garden has loved it. It seems to green up and look refreshed which is lovely. I’m not too keen on the drop in temperature though!
Our new planters are still looking lovely I notice so thanks again to Chris, and to those who are keeping them watered and tended.
Unfortunately Teresa’s 2nd table top sale has been postponed until the Spring. This is due to the rising number of cases of the virus and to the fact that such a gathering is likely to contravene Government guidelines.
We are still hoping to go to Westonbirt, The National Arboretum on Sunday, October 25th. The colours of the leaves on the trees are spectacular throughout October. It’s a shame we wont be able to share cars as it is a good two hour drive. Anyone interested in going, do let Teresa or me know, as it will be lovely to share a socially distanced outdoor cuppa while we’re there. May I suggest each group purchase their own tickets as they are timed entry slots of only 20 minutes.
As we’ve said, we’ll leave firming up on next year’s outings until our AGM in January 2021. Whether or not it will be safer to make plans then remains to be seen. At the moment we have just the one diary entry for 2021 which is our visit to the Thenford Arboretum on Saturday 3rd July 2021 (one of their open days).
Here is the RHS guidance for things to do in October: https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/in-month/october. Cutting back and continuing to divide herbaceous perennials, moving tender plants into the greenhouse/conservatory or similar, planting out spring cabbages, renovating patches of lawn, sowing seeds and many more Autumnal chores. And when it’s cold or raining we can sit in the warm and turn over the corners of seed catalogue pages (perhaps planning a wildflower meadow), buy Spring bulbs online and plan where to put them.