Time of growth

Cornwall Life - - GARDEN MASTERCLASS -

The sweet-bis­cuit scent of stub­ble mixed with the fruity aroma of ripen­ing black­ber­ries makes strolling through the coun­try lanes mag­i­cal. For farm­ers Septem­ber is a time of har­vest, but for gar­den­ers it’s also a time of re­gen­er­a­tion. Grass seed sprouts faster now than in any other month mak­ing lawn re­pairs easy and eco­nom­i­cal, while plump and ready-toplant spring bulbs ap­pear at gar­den shows and nurs­eries. Then there’s the hedges and shrubs, shaggy with what’s known as ‘La­mas’ growth. La­mas, as if you didn’t know, is the month-long Celtic har­vest fes­ti­val that co­in­cides with the late sum­mer growth spurt of woody plants. Pruned or trimmed post the La­mas cel­e­bra­tions, trained fruit can be kept in shape while vig­or­ous hedges are brought down to size. Best of all, tim­ing cut­ting now won’t dis­turb nest­ing birds and gives trimmed hedges time to re­gen­er­ate and fill any gaps be­fore win­ter.

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