Be in­spired by… Po­tager piz­zazz, jun­gle drama, plants in flower now, dahlia shapes, a black­board paint project, ‘dead, dis­eased or dam­aged?’ quiz and di­ary dates

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The po­tager gar­den in Septem­ber can be a glo­ri­ous place – filled with shapely bras­si­cas and mul­ti­coloured salad leaves, squashes, stands of stately sweet­corn, and es­paliered fruit trees laden with ripe ap­ples and pears. Flow­ers add their own dis­tinc­tive shapes and colours to the pic­ture. Here, the pink flow­ers of a semi-cac­tus dahlia are echoed by zin­nias in a match­ing hue, with white dahlias and Ni­co­tiana sylvestris at the back. Pro­vid­ing a dra­matic con­trast are rows of black kale and bronze ama­ran­thus. The lat­ter has a gothic look, and it’s ed­i­ble. The seeds are a whole­grain sim­i­lar to quinoa, while its dark leaves can be cooked like spinach or added raw to sal­ads.

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