September in the garden can be a glorious month, and far from feeling dejected that the summer is drawing to a close, there’s so much to look forward to!
Gardens and countryside across the whole of the UK are displaying their last burst of summer exuberance and there is so much to celebrate. Take trees, for example. Why are they so important? Well, firstly, they are the biggest plants on the planet! The tallest is actually a giant redwood named Hyperion in California, which measures over 115m. Trees produce oxygen and they store carbon. Not only this, but they stabilise the soil. The removal of trees causes many problems including flooding. Without these giant anchors the soil can easily be washed away – and woodland actually acts as a barrier to floodwater. Tree roots reduce the amount of sediment which flows into rivers and they help water to be absorbed into the ground.
So if there is just one thing you can do to help the planet, it’s planting a tree. But of course you need to exercise caution about planting appropriately. Which means planting species that like the local conditions, and not putting trees too close to property. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that the words plant and planet are so close in structure. If you can’t plant a tree, plant something smaller!
What can you pop into your warm soil this September?
Spring flowering bulbs! Plan your sunny spring by planting daffodils, crocus, hyacinths and hardy bulbs such as alliums, lilies and crocosmia.
Plant bulbs for a Christmas indoor display! Add some grit to the compost and make sure any hyacinths have their noses just showing. Leave them in a cool dark place inside and make sure the compost stays damp. When foliage has grown to about 5cm you can move them into a cool room and don’t bring them into full light until the flower buds appear.
Plant new perennials now so that they will establish before the colder weather.
It’s a great month for ordering bare root plants ready to plant once the dormant season is here. Bare roots provide great value for money.
What other jobs can be enjoyed this month?
Complete your hedge trimming tasks. Early September is the ideal time. New growth will harden before winter frosts take hold, preventing damage to new shoots.
Pick and enjoy fruit such as apples, pears and quince.
Remove thatch from lawns using a scarifier or spring-tine rake. It will give the grass sward space to bulk up next spring, making a lush, green lawn.
Plant flowering beauties in your pots and borders in order to extend your flowering array. Sedum and Garden Mums (Chrysanthemums) are ideal show-stopping September wonders.
Divide herbaceous perennials to give you more plants for free (and give some away too).
Continue to deadhead annuals; roses; penstemons and dahlias so they will produce more flowers.
What a fab evening with the Hook Gardening Club.
Many thanks for inviting me to talk about spring propagation opportunities.
I hope that you enjoyed the tips and ideas and can follow some of them through . Happy Gardening – Graham Porter
Very friendly gardening club
Interesting and informative monthly meetings with excellent guest speakers. Super raffle prizes and refreshments. Everyone welcome, it’s a very enjoyable evening, open to all. – Lesley S
Hook Gardening Club is friendly and welcoming.
The programme of speakers varied and interesting. There is also an excellent raffle with superb prizes. But the key thing is the way they welcome each and every new visitor. Recommended. – Doug Stewart
Would highly recommend Hook gardening club…
…to anyone who has not been before. You’ll find a friendly and informative group of like minded people with an interesting programme of speakers – Samantha S
Wot a friendly welcome we received.
So enjoyable and informative all members share and advice keep up the great work and thanks – Marie H
A great local gardening club…
….that gives everyone a warm welcome and offers an interesting range of speakers and events. I look forward to returning – Michael Myers
A very nice, welcoming and friendly gardening club,
with a great variety of speakers. If you haven’t been, then I highly recommend it – Paul Rolph
I have attended Hook Gardening Club on quite a few occasions over the last few years…
…as a speaker and guest. I have found the club to be very organised, friendly and always a warm welcome, also good varied raffle prizes easy parking and a good variety of speakers, well worth a visit – Gill Tomkinson
Had a great evening when I talked at the Hook Gardening Club.
Really friendly members and all very well organised. – Martin Fish
Well organised Club and lovely group – John Stirland
I had a great time at Hook Gardening Club last year!
The audience were welcoming, enthusiastic and knowledgeable and there were lots of questions after the talk and Justine’s mum even baked me a cake to take home! The raffle had some first rate prizes – I believe one was a good specimen of Hamamelis mollis in full flower donated by Henley’s Nursery – Peter Williams
A great little gardening club with some amazing speakers.
Just pop along and join in – you don’t have to be the best gardener in the world but you can be assured of an interesting time, great speakers and some great raffle prizes. Give it a try! – Judy Popley
If you live anywhere near this companionable gardening club, I do not hesitate to recommend it.
I have been giving talks, about how to fit your garden into your lifestyle, for about 3 years now and had a lovely evening with the Hook Gardening Club recently, when I gave the first talk for 2018, back in January. The evening was well attended by very friendly and knowledgeable people who gave me a much appreciated welcome. Having attended many such groups by now, I can safely say that the Hook Gardening Club stands out for its ability to make visitors and members alike feel at ease, friendly people and interesting talks (not that I’m biaised, of course!) – Sally Tierney