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October Monthly Inspiration

The first scented sasanqua camellias make an appearance and begin to cheer us up from the general drabness of autumn and all the work needed to tidy away and prune the aftermath of the herbaceous borders.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigata’ is often the first out here with sasanqua ‘Hugh Evans’ soon afterwards. It will soon be time to check if Camellia x williamsii ‘November Pink’ has its first flower.

     

Cornwall is not usually noted for its autumn colour but, after this summer’s drought, we may well be in for a spectacle. Last year the Stewartia rostrata and Liriodendron tulipifera were splendid with the nyssa and liquidambars also well worth a moment or two of attention on a sunny day. The autumn colour on the new Matsumae cherries was a revelation too. Some of these trees really only come into their own and justify their positions in the autumn so do not forget to plant them now for the future.

AUTUMN IS NATURE’S NATURAL TIME FOR PLANTING TREES

If you have not already started now is the time to lift and divide those clumpy herbaceous plants which have spread and occupy too much space or which have grown into such a dense clump that they need separating or dividing to encourage them to flower properly again. Asters, achillea and alchemilla are all on the list to deal with here. Plenty of new plants to give away or replant as a result. Some herbaceous plants (eg echinops, rheum) with fleshy roots may be best set in pots or boxes of soil and peat in the greenhouse and overwintered there so they reshoot quickly in the early spring and can then be replanted again in your border.

 
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