Welcome to October, where we enjoy the season of autumn with all it's glorious colours that both shrubs and trees can produce. 

        This month will give us displays of reds, yellows and many different burnished tones as leaves begin to colour and fall. Berries are in abundance at this time of year and can be a very useful resource for the birds.

         As gardens gradually begin to go dormant there are still jobs to do - this is a time for cutting back and clearing up. 

         •We are now open on Sundays until Christmas from 11 am onwards

         •Do not forget to come and pick your Halloween pumpkin - we will have a good selection of larger varieties

         •The box tree caterpillar continues to be a serious problem in this area. Check all your buxus plants andr 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 selection of spring-flowering bulbs is now in stock - we will have a large and varied selection of loose bulbs and pre-packaged colour-themed mixes for flowering next year

          •Our selection 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 a 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

           •Think about removing leaves from lawns and borders as autumn gets under way - and cut back any perennials that may have finished for this year.

           Enjoy the mellow October days!

            Richard Hood