IT is April and I’m sure the weather is going to catch up with the calendar soon.
The cooler nights and mornings are certainly very welcome.
Unfortunately with the risk of repeating myself - keep up the watering, we still need a lot more rain before we can have a break from this job.
Autumn is the time to get into the garden for a good tidy up.
Leaves will be beginning to colour and fall from deciduous trees and shrubs.
Rake them up and add them to your compost heap or simply put them onto the garden.
Trim any broken or untidy branches from summer flowering shrubs.
Don’t prune things back too hard until we get a reprieve from the heat.
For some lovely autumn/winter colour in your garden plant pansies, poppies, stock, snapdragon, primula, polyanthus and calendula.
These will all give you good show right through the cooler months.
Getting your seedlings in while the ground is still warm will ensure you have a lovely display.
If you wait until we have too much cold weather the seedlings take longer to get going. Perennial salvias provide fantastic autumn colour. They come in a wide variety of sizes and colours. Many of them flower from late summer into early winter so well worth having in your garden.
Sasanqua camellias will be starting to come into flower now and will continue to flower into the winter when the hybrid and japonica camellias take over.
The sasanqua tend to be available in whites and pinks of all shades.
They will also tolerate more heat than the japonica and hybrid varieties.
As camellia are shallow rooted (their roots are close to the surface) they need a good layer of mulch to keep their roots moist and cool.
It will soon be getting colder and wet (we hope) so enjoy the late blooms on your roses, the last of the produce from summer vegetables and fruit trees and look forward to the spectacular display that autumn puts on for us.
BIG RED: Poppies are among the flowers you can plant now to provide autumn colour.