August Brings a Touch of Autum a Taste of Summer.

August teases us with signs of Autumn, providing an abundance of soft fruits and berries, seeds and ripening vegetables leaving us the taste of Summer that lingers on the tongue.

Just as we begin to enjoy the warm Summer’s breeze our senses detect signs of Autumn, all too quickly our sunshine loving perennials and bulbs begin to set seed and prepare for the forthcoming dormant season.

Stipa gigantica with tall airy golden seed heads are the first to bring a touch of Autumn, air dancing in the slightest breeze .

Golden seed heads that contrast against the fresh lush foliage of Astrantia palmate leaf are a food source for many small native Garden birds.

Pollinators like the bumble bee, moths and butterflies help spread pollen to allow the fertilisation of garden flowers to produce life giving seeds.

Attracting garden insects is an important aspect of garden management. Flying pollinators, bettles and beneficial insects are critical for successful pollination of flowers, fruit and tasty vegetables.

Bold simple flowers like this courgette attract insects to enable pollination and forming of fruiting bodies and if left to ripen seeds.

During August fruit and vegetable ripen quickly, learning the optimum time to harvest is an essential aspect of garden management.

The last of our Rhubarb is harvested, our successional beetroot have reached tennis ball size and are perfect for pickling. Our later sowings of carrot and beetroot are pressed for juicing with Septembers crop of fresh juicy apples.

Your garden is a sensory world of discovery throughout the seasons. August brings an abundance of tastes, scents and textures that are sure to delight.

There’s still plenty of colour in the garden, some plants will take a rest.

Roses will need regular dead heading to encourage further flowers to develop, where as Salvia and Astrantia like theIr flowering stems pruned to ground level to invite a second .

Learning how plants respond to different types of pruning and dead heading techniques is an important aspect of garden management and individual to your taste and growing conditions.

You may prefer to allow your plants to seed and enjoy the golden umbers of Autumn. However you decide to manage your garden be sure to take time to enjoy the  sensory delights experiencing the seasonal changes that the joy of managing a garden harvest brings.

Wishing you a fine, productive and rewarding Autumn harvest.

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Stephen Pryce-Lea

Head Gardener and International Horticultural Consultant




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Award winning, 40 something year old professional plantsman and horticulturalist with National Trust, private parks and estate management background. My vast plant knowledge and hands on techinical experience, afforded me the opportunity to work in various horticultural landscapes, in the UK, USA & Eastern Europe. Having worked in both garden retail & the design service industry gave me the practical diversity and managerial skill set, required for running a large prestigious gardens and stately homes. I strongly believe knowledge is to be shared and have worked closely with people and staff of all ages and abilities keen to develop their passion for gardening, including groups of children, special needs and adults. I have hosted guided walks, talks and tours for those keen to learn about cultivated and wild plants, garden development, history and design. As an member of the NNCPG and National Trust, I am actively involved in the preservation of several important plant collections both in public and private gardens throughout the UK. “It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion grow together, in a garden it’s paradise” Follow @IGrowHort on GardenTags. Stephen is passionate about gardening as Head Gardener with a team of ten staff he manages a prestigious Cheshire country estate of 55 acres, inc wild flower meadows, woodland, organic kitchen and formal gardens. Follow Stephen today”

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