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Late summer in the garden

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This summer has passed by far too quickly, maybe because here in the Lakes I’ve been waiting for it to arrive with only a few days here and there of what I consider summer weather – days when you wake up and see blue sky tempting you outside for breakfast, then time for some gardening or pottering and maybe a quick sunbathe, finishing the day off with a bbq in the warm evening air – I’m dreaming and anyway when would a day like that would arrive when I wasn’t working! There was one good thing, it rained so much the garden loved it and I’ve hardly had to do any watering, saving lots of time!  Oh well…maybe next year will be better as September is now here and the coolness of the mornings and evenings tells me that autumn is not far away.

crocosmia in the late summer garden - Heart of a Garden

BUT I love late summer… there are so many flowers with beautiful warm colours in my small garden -nasturtiums, hypericum, potentilla, clematis, Japanese anemone’s and my favourites – crocosmias.  Crocosmias come in various sizes and shades of red and orange.  They spread quickly so need to be kept in order…I have to pull lots up every year and keep just a couple of neat clumps but I wouldn’t be without them!  Tomatoes are still ripening in the greenhouse and if you’re lucky to have a vegetable patch or allotment I’m sure you’ll have a glut of runner beans and courgettes!  I miss the mass of roses that were out in June and July but there are still a few in bloom. 

  hypericum in the late summer garden - Heart of a Garden  

Divide perennials. 
Now is the time of year to divide perennials that have outgrown their plot. Dig up the plant and with a spade divide it into 2 or more clumps depending on the size and then re-plant around the garden. A great way to get extra plants for free!

Buy and plant spring flowering bulbs. 
There’s an excellent choice in the garden centres and nurseries at the moment so you should find good quality bulbs. Try to plant by the end of September.

Collect seeds from perennials and hardy annuals
Cut stems with seed heads and place in a warm, dry place such as greenhouse or sunny windowsill.  When dry, store the seeds in a paper envelope or small cardboard tubes (see our Seed Saver tubes) and store in the refrigerator or somewhere cool and dry until ready to be used.

fennel in the late summer garden - Heart of a Garden

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