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September 2019

Links to This Month's Articles

Home Page Photo: Agapanthus
September's Olden Ways
23rd September : Autumn Equinox
Hints for Successful Daffodils
Get Ready For Spring
Bulbs For Christmas Flowering
Autumn Attention To The Pond
The National Chrysanthemum Society
On Line Gardening Advice
Women's Farm and Garden Association

Home Page Photo: Agapanthus

Agapanthus (African lily) display through into late September.

They are drought tolerant and a good choice
for coastal areas, coping well with wind and salty air.

Plant in free draining soil and in full sun.
It may take two or three years for plants to establish
before flowering really takes off.

In late autumn cover the crown of the plant
with straw or fleece to protect from cold.

RHS guidance on how best to cultivate.

September's Olden Ways

Hunter's moon
Come out 'tis September,
the hunter's moon's begun,
and through the wheaten stubble,
is heard the frequent gun.

Matthew's Day, bright and clear,
brings good wine, for coming year.
(St. Matthew's Day 21st September)

Plant trees at Michaelmas.
(Feast of St. Michael the Archangel 29th September)

By all these lovely tokens
September days are here
With summer's best of weather
And autumn's best of cheer.

23rd September : Autumn Equinox

Autumn is the hush before winter.
French Proverb

Henceforth the length of darkness increases
to become greater than the daylight hours,
triggering a halt to plant growth.

One growing year comes to a close and yet
the perfect time to plant for another,
whilst the soil still retains some of summer's warmth.

Opportunity to:
Plant container grown shrubs and perennials.
Split and replant established perennials.
Move conifers, evergreens and alpines.
Begin planting spring flowering bulbs.

Hints for Successful Daffodils

Daffodils are a good investment as they will flower
and increase to give pleasure for many future years.

The Daffodil Society offer: Guidance on growing daffodils.

Our Trading Centre stocks a wide
choice of quality daffodils and spring bulbs.

Get Ready For Spring

September is also the perfect month
to start planting spring bedding.
Primula, pansies, wallflowers and sweet williams.

Prepare the soil and dig in slow release fertiliser.
Well water before removing from trays and planting.
In dry spells water till established and growing on.

Alan Titchmarsh's Tips On Spring Bedding.

Bulbs For Christmas Flowering

indoor pots
Now is the time to begin planting your bulbs
in containers for Christmas flowering.

Prepared hyacinths, Narcissus and Hippeastrum,
can all give a colourful and festive display.

RHS guidance on how to achieve.
Unwins How To Grow Indoor Bulbs For Christmas.

Autumn Attention To The Pond

Remove blanket and duckweed and decaying plant foliage.

Debris can encourage growth of algae and weeds,
harming fish by reducing available oxygen levels.

Devide and trim back plants to expose,
more than half of the water’s surface.

Cover with netting to stop autumn leaves from entering.

National Chrysanthemum Society

The National Chrysanthemum Society promotes cultivation of
Chrysanthemums by exhibitions, conferences,
Judges courses and lectures,
awarding Certificates of Merit and Medals at exhibitions
and by the issue of publications.

Their Southern Group meet at Bletchingley Hall, Surrey, RH1 4PA
contact Joe Crowland on 020 83035711

Their Articles and Reference page offers expert on line guidance.

On Line Gardening Advice

The Royal Horticultural Society website now hosts
a bounty of Grow Your Own advice and videos.

Direct Link: RHS Grow Your Own advice.

Women's Farm and Garden Association

Open to all with an interest in growing.
Opportunity to network within members to
exchange ideas and experiences.

Direct Link: WFGA website.

October 2019

Links to This Month's Articles

Home Page Photo: Argyranthem
Hints On Pruning Roses
Finish Harvesting Beans and Peas
Over Wintering Alpines
Crocus speciosus: Autumn Crocus
Global Horticultural Wisdom
Christmas Cactus: Schlumbergera
Overwintering Chillies
The National Dahlia Society

Home Page Photo: Argyranthem


Argyranthemum frutescens (Canary Marguerite)
are easy to grow perennials,
and proven winners in any garden.

With simple or pinnately dissected leaves
and white, yellow or pink, daisy-like flower-heads
blooming from late spring through into autumn.

RHS guidance on how best to cultivate.

Hints On Pruning Roses

In 1933 Walter Brett the then editor of "Home Gardening",
edited "The Home Gardening Encyclopaedia",
published by C. Arthur Pearson Ltd.

448 pages of guidance for the "Home Gardener"
with a series of hand drawings to illustrate.

Some things never change.
Click to display page 335: Hints On Pruning Roses.

Finish Harvesting Beans and Peas

When beans and peas finish cropping, cut down to ground level.
Leave the roots in the soil to break down and release nitrogen.

Dig the trench for next year's crop in a new location.
Begin filling with manure or kitchen waste.

Legumes, (Beans and Peas), suffer little from soil problems,
so can be grown wherever convenient.

RHS advice: Growing runner beans
RHS advice: Growing peas

Over Wintering Alpines

Do not to let leaves accumulate around alpines,
they will die if left damp for long.

Cover bare patches around the plants
with gritty compost to encourage spring regrowth.

The Alpine Garden Society offer expert advice on plant care.

Crocus speciosus: Autumn Crocus

Crocus speciosus
Crocus speciosus is native to Greece, northern Turkey and Iran,
growing in poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil.

Flowers appear in Autumn at 15cm-20cm (6in-8in) tall.
The grass-like leaves appear late winter which
require spring sun to store enough food to flower,
however denser summer shade is not a problem.

Naturalizes in grass, increasing by seeds and offsets.

Global Horticultural Wisdom

Happiness is to hold flowers in both hands.

All the flowers of all the tomorrows,
are in the seeds of today.

Good seed makes a good crop.

Flowers leave some of their fragrance,
in the hand that bestows them.

A garden is a delight to the eye,
and a solace for the soul.

A transplanted tree seldom prospers.

Sticks and stones are thrown only at fruit-bearing trees.

A society grows great when old men plant trees,
whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

A good garden may have some weeds,
weeds never die.

Spring is a virgin, Summer a mother,
Autumn a widow and Winter a stepmother.

Christmas Cactus: Schlumbergera

Christmas Cactus
To encourage a full flush of flowers at Christmas,
from now on keep your plants in a location
where temperatures do not fall below 16C (60f).

Flowering is also triggered by short days,
so keep away from artifical light in evenings.

Follow this link for RHS Advice.

Overwintering Chillies

Thai varieties can overwinter on a sunny windowsill
and the chillies carry on ripening through to Christmas.

Once all fruits are picked cut back hard.
In spring they flower on new growth and should
fruit some two months before seed grown plants.

Thompson Morgan's guide to growing chillies

The National Dahlia Society

The National Dahlia Society is a registered charity,
which seeks to promote the dahlia by means
of shows, trials and conferences.

Main exhibitions are held at RHS Wisley
and the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate,

Their classification guide assists novices enter correct classes.

November 2015

Links to This Month's Articles

Home Page Photo: Cortaderia Selloana (Pampas grass)
Shrubs For Winter Colour
Christmas Display
Autumn-fruiting Raspberries
Cryptic Teasers 4
November's Country Ways
Alpine Garden: Hypertufa
International Gardening
Bare Root Roses

Home Page Photo:
Cortaderia Selloana (Pampas grass)

Cortaderia Selloana
The dense white plumes of Cortaderia Selloana 'Patagonia'
last well into winter over tussocks of hardy evergreen foliage.

A native species found in rocky gullies, riverbanks and roadsides.
Plants tolerate a range of environmental conditions
but prefer sandy, low pH soils.

RHS advice on care and cultivation.

Shrubs For Winter Colour

November is ideal for planting pot grown shrubs.

Four to offer autumnal interest
and lift the spirits on even the darkest day.

Ilex aquifolium RHS advice on care and cultivation.
Viburnum tinus RHS advice on care and cultivation.
Cornus sanguinea RHS advice on care and cultivation.
Cotoneaster atropurpureus RHS advice on care and cultivation.

Christmas Display

cuting stem
To create a stunning indoor arrangement for Christmas,
Cut stems of early flowering shrubs such as:
witch hazel, jasmine, honeysuckle, wintersweet and viburnum.

Chrush the foot of each stem and stand
in a bucket of water in a cool, frost-free, room.

Near Christmas arrange and bring into the living area.

Autumn-fruiting Raspberries

Autumn-fruiting raspberries
should have been pruned by November.

If not get cutting this year's fruiting stems
back to near ground level
and tie in the new ones to the support frame.

Cryptic Teasers 4

1. Shepherd’s friend with a baker’s ingredient.
2. Amerald accommodation.3. Weight of gold.
4. Bill and Ben's friend.5. If you borrow, you...
6. Wind section instrument with roof support.

Answers at the foot of this page.

November's Country Ways

November's sky is chill and drear,
November's leaf is red and sear.
Sir Walter Scott

If leaves not fall by Martinmas Day,
a cruel winter is on the way.
(St. Martin's Day 11th November)

If there's ice in November, that will bear a duck,
then follows a winter of slush and muck.

As high as November's weeds do grow,
so will the coming bank of snow.

When the wind is in the East,
'tis neither good for man nor beast.

Alpine Garden: Hypertufa

alpine gardens
Make your own alpine garden
for entering into the HIHS Spring Show.

Construct the trough using hypertufa formed from:
2 parts sand, 2 parts peat and 1 part cement.

Add water in stages mixing till stiff like porridge.

If covering an old glazed sink first apply
a coat of epoxy glue to aid adhesion.

Leave the outer surface rough to enhance appearance
and form holes in the base for drainage.

Put crocks in the base,
fill with a free draining soil,
then plant and cover inbetween with shingle.

Plants with fibrous roots will eventually
grow into hypertufa.

International Gardening

Happiness is to hold flowers in both hands.

A transplanted tree seldom prospers.

Sticks and stones are thrown only at fruit-bearing trees.

A good garden may have some weeds,
weeds never die.

Spring is a virgin, Summer a mother,
Autumn a widow and Winter a stepmother.

Great oaks from little acorns grow.

Bare-Root Roses

rose planting
Plant at the earliest opportunity following delivery.

Choose an open position in full sun,
which has not been planted with roses in recent years.

Roses enjoy a rich, fertile, well drained soil.
Dig in plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost,
to the soil prior to planting.

Add a small handful of granular fertiliser into the hole.
Heal well in and water regulary.

RHS advice on planting roses.

Cryptic 4 Solutions

1. Cauliflower2. Greenhouse
3. Carrot4. Weed
5. Willow

6. Hornbeam

December 2019

Links to This Month's Articles

Winter Flowering Cherry
In The Bleak Midwinter
Christmas Flowering Houseplants
A View From Childhood
Armchair Gardening
Festive Music Links
Winter Solstice : Seed Storage
Aquifolium Ilex: Getting The Point?
Water Your Tree

Winter Flowering Cherry

Prunus subhirtella
Prunus subhirtella is a winter flowering cherry,
bearing blossom from November till Easter.

It grows in any moist but well-drained soil
and makes an excellent specimen tree.

In The Bleak Midwinter

The first and last frosts are the worst.
(Refers to the damage done to late and early crops)
A year of snow, a year of plenty.
(A snow covering protects and delays early growth
until after the end of killing frosts)

The squeak of the snow, will low temperature show.
North wind doth blow and we shall have snow.
Cold is the night, when the stars shine bright.
When the wind is in the east,
'tis neither good for man nor beast.
Snow like cotton, soon forgotten,
Snow like meal, it'll snow a great deal.
The carol 'In The Bleak Midwinter'
Is a poem by Christina Rossetti set to music by Gustav Holst.

Christmas Flowering Houseplants

Poinsettia, Cyclamen, Azalea, Jasmine and Gardenia,
are all available at garden centres now,
but each require the right light, heat and humidity.
RHS advice on care and best locations.

A View From Childhood

Charles Dickens:
"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back
to the delusions of our childish days;
that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth;
that can transport the sailor and the traveller,
thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side
and his quiet home!"

Shirley Temple:
"I stopped believing in Santa Claus
when Mom took me to see him in a department store,
and he asked for my autograph."

Larry Wilder:
"Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree.
In the eyes of small children, they are all 30 feet tall."

Armchair Gardening

Plan next year's veg garden for good crop rotation.
Think about seeds for 2016, order now from our Trading Centre.
Browse your gardening books for inspiration.
Reflect on what worked well this year and what didn't.
Add needed tools and equipment to your Christmas list!

Festive Music Links

Every Christmas Number One. Christmas Carol Lyrics.
Christmas Carol Sheet Music.

Sing-A-Long Christmas.

Winter Solstice : Seed Storage

The 20th December is the shortest day
and longest night of the year

Henceforth the nights will get shorter
and the days progressively longer and colder.

January and February are invariably the coldest months.

Seeds need cold followed by warmth to best germinate.
Store seed packets in the fridge in dry air tight containers.
Allow to return to room temperature before sowing.
Seeds in cold store remain at peak for many years.

Aquifolium Ilex: Getting The Point?

Ever thought: "Why are holly leaves so prickly?"

As one of the few trees with winter leaf, it is a defence to discourage animals munching away.

Leaves higher up the tree and well out of reach,
are often quite free from prickly edges.

Be aware variety Silver Queen which has attractive
mottled leaves with cream white edges,
is actually a male and as such will not bare berries.

Similar in appearance Silver Sentinel is female
and if close to a male variety will carry berries.

Link to: Carol Klein's advise on plant your own holly.

Water Your Tree

Christmas tree
Treat a cut Christmas tree like a giant cut flower.

As soon as you get home, saw off a sliver at the base
and stand outside in a bucket of water to spruce up.

When taking inside use a purpose watering stand
and locate well away from a heating radiater.

Regularly top up water over the festive period.

Link to: National Christmas Tree Association's advise on caring for your tree.

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