Toby Buckland’s 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.