Gardens to Visit Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey GU8 4AD ‘To Do’ List
Cut back perennials
As the flowers and foliage die back perennials respond well to a good trim. Autumn is also a good time to divide overgrown clumps.
I have bought two espaliered apples and both have put on vigorous growth during the summer. I need to be ruthless and cut back any shoot that doesn’t fit the shape. They are being trained along a wire and I now need to add another higher wire as they have done so well in foliage — if not fruit!
This is coming along nicely thanks to my purchases at the Flower Shows. However some herbs such as sage, lemon balm and camomile are proving too vigorous and need to be thinned out to give the rest a chance. The thyme has had mixed results — the variegated has done really well but the creeping varieties look unhappy. I think I’ve planted them in too much shade and in too good a soil so they will be replanted in gravel this autumn.
❁ Bulb Planting Over the last couple of years I have put in quite a few daffodils but they often don’t come up in the position I put them. This year I’m putting more in containers so they have to stay where I want!