Tuesday, 2 September 2014
... Residual warmth
The garden has developed a definite autumnish air about it in the past week or so and last week's plentiful rain means the soil has opened up again ready to nurture new plants. As you can see I've been nursing quite a few on one of the garden walls over the summer in readiness for this moment.
The lavender are earmarked to replace some woody looking specimens in one of my garden pots on the patio. They're still in flower and the bees are visiting regularly, so I haven't quite got the heart to replace them yet. The brunnera is earmarked for the front side garden, as are the self-sown aquilegia plants I rescued from the back garden's gravel path last week.
September is usually a fabulous time for planting because there's plenty of residual warmth in the soil - even in a clay one like mine - plus plenty of moisture which lets the plants get settled in nicely before winter hits the garden. I've found my autumn plantings tend to do better than spring ones - I reckon it's down to all that clay holding onto the winter's cold and rain and unlike their spring cousins, the autumn plantings have had time to toughen up beforehand.
There's a plant sale at West Kington Nurseries this weekend, so I expect there'll be a wheelbarrow load of bargains to join these plants. I've already downloaded their catalogue and earmarked those I want to seek out in their multitude of greenhouses. It's all part of my ongoing revamp of the garden.
What do you love about September?