Here’s a copy of my gardening column from the November issue of Eastlife Magazine, which is a fabulous magazine all about ‘Living life in the East’.  The full version of the magazine can be viewed online at www.eastlife.couk

Now the clocks have gone back there really is no denying we are within Autumn’s clutches. If, like us, you have a number of deciduous trees in your garden, then you may feel a little like Autumn is holding you hostage.

Although it seems like the time to be taking it easy in the garden, now is the time to be planting spring or summer flowering bulbs. We are very focused on adding some summer colour to what was originally designed by Percy Cane to be a rose garden. Aiming for a more contemporary feel, we will be including some blue and white alliums timed to flower just ahead of the blue giant agapanthus planted earlier in the year. Having shopped around and decided on the exact varieties we would be using I placed an order for 300 allium bulbs to get us going.

Now is also the time to start considering projects for the Spring in terms of redesigning areas of your garden. There is nothing more satisfying than going to a garden centre to be charmed by the beautiful array of flowering plants on offer, but this can be a dangerous game if you’re looking for a garden that will reward you with year round colour which is organized in a way that is pleasing on the eye. A lot of time and money can be saved, simply by sitting down with a pen and paper. It is important to consider not only what you want your finished garden to look like, but also what you need from that garden. Do you have pets or children? Do you like to sit in the sun or prefer to shelter in the shade? Do you prefer evergreen shrubs or do you like the thrill of a bright green bud in the Spring? What kind of budget do you have? And all this is before we even start to think about what perennials or annuals to put on our shopping list!   We will certainly be doing plenty of planning over the coming months as we still have another four of Percy’s borders to reawaken.

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