Kevin Sweet's Gardening Blog

We realised that Kevin's lovely September blog was missing, so we wanted to share it again for your enjoyment.

Welcome to My September Blog

The days are starting to get shorter and the feel of autumn is certainly in the air,  with splashes of stunning gold tones, warm reds and amber appearing amongst the deep shades of the evergreens. 

If you want to enjoy the amazing, changing woodland colours I recommended my favourite view of the woods from the top of the driving range, looking back towards the hotel, it reminds me of ‘New England’ in the USA. 
Over the next couple of weeks or so we will be changing over our seasonal bedding displays for the winter/spring plants and winter baskets. Our summer hanging baskets have been good this year and lasted well considering the very hard start of the year and the volatile and inconsistent mixture of weather. We also have some exciting plans coming together for next year with a number of new projects due to start; we will share more details over the coming months, watch this space! 

Plant of the Month

Verbena Bonariensis

This is a beautiful, tall, long flowering perennial, which flowers from June to October and grows up to 30” – 40”, ideal for the back of borders and large containers. The flowers are a lovely vibrant purple and attract wildlife such as butterflies and bees. Due to the size of the flowers, they are great to use for cut flower arrangements. 
Compliment them with tall ornamental grasses, adding texture and additional colour.  Best of all, the Verbena Bonariensis is easy to look after, all that’s needed is a simple cut back in the spring, down to a few inches from the ground.

Garden Tips

1.    Clear away faded summer bedding plants from borders and containers.
2.    Divide large clumps of Herbaceous Perennials in borders.
3.    If you have a pond or water feature cover with netting to prevent leaves falling in.
4.    Keep cutting your lawn until the first frost and feed with an autumn lawn fertiliser.
5.    Finish off cutting hedges and trim any topiary.

Happy Gardening

Kevin Sweet
Estate Manager