Autumn | Violas & Cyclamen
We hope you have had a good summer in the garden and enjoyed some wonderful sunny days. It has been dry since the deluge just before the Glastonbury Festival at the end of June with only a few days of rain. Now the autumn is approaching, the soils will begin to become easier to work again and it is a good time for planting new trees, shrubs, conifers, hedges and spring-flowering bulbs.
The Horticultural Association (HTA) revealed in a recent survey that 45% of garden owners thought that daffodils should be planted in the spring. Although not completely wrong, as spring-flowering bulbs are now available in pots in the spring, daffodils are best planted as bulbs in September and October and tulips in November — although we have planted daffodils after Christmas and they have been successful, if a little late flowering.
If your summer hanging baskets and pots are starting to look a bit tired we have plenty of plants with autumn and winter colour to freshen them up including Pansies, Violas and Cyclamen.
Hardy cyclamen have masses of small flowers in the autumn, if they belong to species Cyclamen hederifolium, or if they flower in the spring, they belong to the species Cyclamen coum. These are hardier than the bedding Cyclamen and will withstand any British winter. They spread to form carpets of colours and are often used in woodland or rockery gardens. Their leaves are mottled with silver colouring. Cyclamen hederifolium or Ivy-Leaved
Cyclamen are now available in pink, dark rose and white.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Roger, Adrian, Sue, Andy, Louise & Troy