Spring into au­tumn

Surrey Life - - Gardens -

Oc­to­ber is such an in­spir­ing and evoca­tive time with leaves tint­ing in the cool, crisp air, al­most elec­tric with sea­sonal change, and with fruit trees and veg­eta­bles hav­ing their last hur­rah. Un­til the clocks go back on the 28th there’s enough evening light to pot­ter out­side and put the tired parts of the gar­den to bed. That said, Oc­to­ber isn’t about shut­ting up shop. The month marks the be­gin­ning of next year’s grow­ing sea­son as perennials and trees planted now will es­tab­lish all the bet­ter, and if you snap up stocks of bulbs while nurs­eries still have the widest range your gar­den will have swathes of ef­fort­less colour come spring.

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