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Kingswood Gardening News – Autumn 2018

The end of a very challenging gardening year

By Sarah Wilson

A sure sign that Autumn is here is the ever-increasing sound of the leaf blowers around Kingswood! It has been a strange gardening year – a long, cold and wet winter, a warm spell followed by the “Beast from the East” and then months of really hot and dry weather with record high temperatures.

By now the lawns are green again and the leaves are turning red and yellow and trees and shrubs heavy with berries. In my garden the cheerful orange and yellow trailing Nasturtium were in flower in May and then produced seeds, which have now germinated, and I have a second show of them at this late stage of the year

Nasturtium

Similarly the self sown Cosmos have grown up to a metre tall this year – covered with purple and white flowers, loved by the bees and still flowering!

Cosmos

This year trees and shrubs have a very heavy load of berries and already there are too many for the birds to eat yet – look out for the fleshy red berries of the yew, red and yellow holly berries, clusters of red and orange berries on the Cotoneaster and Rowan trees and masses of orange and red berries on the Pyracantha. All these berries are favourites of the birds and they disperse the seeds all over your garden where you may find small seedlings.

Pyracantha

As the weather gets colder make sure your tender plants such as succulents and Pelargonium are brought inside the greenhouse or conservatory.
Its not too late to plant bulbs of tulips or Crocus – try a mixture of tulips in a large terracotta pot or a swathe of purple Crocus in your lawn.

Finally you should try and keep the fallen leaves off your lawn and paths – a leaf blower is perfect for this job but if you fancy a good workout try using a leaf rake!! Don’t make the garden too tidy as a few corners with some old logs and leaves will provide a hideout for small animals and insects.

Dr Sarah Wilson, a long time resident in The Warren, regularly opens her garden in the summer months with the National Garden Scheme.

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Kingswood Gardening News – July 2018

Drought resistant plants By Sarah Wilson My last newsletter was written after weeks of rain, following a very cold winter, both of which had left us with much to do to get the garden “summer ready”. Now we have had weeks of really hot weather and not a drop of rain so our gardens are […] Continue reading →

Kingswood Gardening News – May 2018

Making your garden really special this summer. By Sarah Wilson March and April were really dismal months, except for a few days of beautiful weather in late April, so you have probably kept out of your very muddy and cold garden! At this time of year you can really enhance your garden with spring blossom […] Continue reading →

Kingswood Gardening News – March 2018

Introducing native plants into your garden. By Sarah Wilson In Kingwood we are fortunate to live in an area surrounded by native woodland and we have many remnants of the historic landscape of the medieval Kingswood in our gardens. In local deciduous woodland there is birch, beech, hazel, ash and hawthorn – all trees which […] Continue reading →

Kingswood Gardening News – January 2018

Winter scent and colour in your garden. By Sarah Wilson If you do brave the cold and rain this month it is nice to have something with colour and scent in your garden. Not only will this please you, but it will also ensure that birds and insects have something to eat over the winter […] Continue reading →

Kingswood Gardening News – December 2017

December in the garden and presents for gardeners. By Sarah Wilson In December most of the plants in the garden are green although the brown seed heads of grasses and perennials are still standing despite the high winds. There are however quite a few colourful and scented flowers hidden in sheltered corners providing winter food […] Continue reading →

Kingswood Gardening News – September 2017

Shrubs with autumn colour and lessons learned from this summer in my garden. By Sarah Wilson As we approach autumn we look forward to the reds and oranges of our trees and the berries of late summer but do you have any shrubs, which are at their best in late summer?  In my garden are […] Continue reading →

Kingswood Gardening News – August 2017

High summer in your garden By Sarah Wilson Many thanks to everyone who helped or visited our garden this summer – over the summer we have made £1800 for the NGS and £825 for the Childrens Trust. The NGS supports a number of charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Parkinson’s UK and the MS […] Continue reading →