September has been a month of thinking and planning. Inspired by a recent visit to RHS Rosemoor’s Hot Garden I have decided that next year I would quite like to grow a ‘Hot’ cutting patch. For the Spring patch the wallflowers ‘Cloth of Gold’ planted out last month are now established and looking really healthy and I have pinched out the tips to promote stronger, thicker growth. Next month I plan to plant some tulip bulbs in shades of orange, red and a quite unusual lime green one as well.
The Summer patch is still in the planning stage and I hope will have lots of Sunflowers having gained inspiration from the Gardeners World visit to Parham House in West Sussex last month. There were several varieties that caught my attention, Italian White, Santa Lucia, Sonja and Munchkin. I very much doubt that I will have the space to grow them all but it will be hard to choose which ones.
For the Autumn I will definitely grow some Rudbeckias, Heleniums, Echinacea, Solidaster and some Dahlias. As much as Dahlias are not a favourite of mine, they are late flowering and do most definitely provide a good splash of colour.
The star attraction in the cutting patch this month has been the Scabiosa ‘Back in Black’ which has continued to produce a mass of beautiful rich dark purple flowers for the bees and butterflies to enjoy. The Delphiniums have also produced a second flowering adding a welcome splash of colour and more food for the pollinators.
Sadly we picked the last of the Sweet Peas this month but really can’t complain as they have been absolutely fabulous this year providing us with the most wonderful array of colourful, sweet scented blooms for months. The Cosmos in the tubs are still looking amazing and will continue to flower until the first frost (we have already had some really cold mornings) but until then we shall continue to enjoy a riot of colour on our patio.
We are now at the end of September and enjoying a wonderful ‘Indian Summer’. Our ‘Lucky Dip’ perennial plug plants have arrived from Thompson & Morgan and we are really pleased with the plants and the selection sent to us, Coreopsis ‘Golden Joy’; Armeria ‘Ballerina Mix’; Geum ‘Blazing Sunset’; Verbena Bonariensis; Aquilegia ‘Swan mixed’ and Scabiosa ‘Blue Jeans’. The plug plants have all been safely potted on and have taken up residence in the cold frame as the night time temperatures are already very low especially now with the clear skies at night. The selection we have been sent fits in really well with my plan to have two sections to my cutting patch next year, a section of hot colours and a section of pastel colours.
We have collected lots of seeds which are being dried and will soon be ready to be stored in brown paper envelopes for next year.