Welcome to September which has so far been characterised by above average temperatures and generally bright, sunny days - let us hope that this pattern continues well into the autumn. Already there has been considerable leaf-drop from London plane trees - a sign that perhaps a long, warm autumn may be on the way.

           A good way to prolong the summer bedding plants' flowering life is to continually dead-head - this will add several weeks worth of extra flowering time.

       •We are closed on Sundays but will re-open on Sunday the 2nd of October for the autumn season

        •As summer slowly dwindles our range of bedding plants has changed - late summer heathers, campanulas, echinaceas and anemones will soon give way to the more winter hardy cyclamens, pansies, primroses and wallflowers once it becomes colder.

       •We are stocking up a large and varied selection of evergreen shrubs and climbers - some with autumn colour and berry and others with the promise of spring flowering 

        •Our autumn bulbs have arrived with clever pre-pack selections to emphasise colour themes and textures. We will also stock a range of loose bulbs for you to make your own selection

        •The box tree caterpillar continues to be a serious problem in this area. Check all your buxus plants and take action if necessary as soon as possible, because delay will result in you losing your favourite plants or topiary. Be aware that this problem will likely re-occur when the weather warms up again and that you should continue to monitor the situation. In addition buxus blight seems to have been exacerbated by the relatively mild winter - perhaps it is time to think of planting alternatives, such as ilex crenata

         •Our collection of tools from Spear & Jackson, the Kew Gardener collection, is one of the best available and has proved to be a great success with our landscapers and customers

        •Our cards from the Natural History Museum's Archivist collection are both beautiful and inexpensive and provide a lovely way to send message with a floral gift. We have added ten new designs from Blume editions to add choices to our range which are equally as charming

         •We stock all the necessary components for irrigation systems from both Hozelock and Gardena - time to check that your watering systems are working and renew parts where needed

         •Garden maintenance and one off visits can be arranged by our garden services department. Please speak to Patrick Green on 07813602409 or visit their website

           Let's hope that we continue into a mild and pleasant autumn which will surely encourage the gardener in us to stay outside to enjoy our own personal environments.

           Enjoy your garden,

           Richard Hood