Don’t let the sun go down

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We are well into autumn, the days are getting shorter and the colours around have never been more striking. The contrasts between the vibrant colours of the changing leaves and the darker moodier sky captures the imagination..  Keep the colours trooping and add in some pots or hanging plants to enhance the vibe.

Pansies and violas are the perfect plant for this.  They will bloom well into November.

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Colourful potted pansy keeping the interest in the Autumn garden
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Potted Pansies in shades of autumn

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Deadhead (remove faded blooms) if you want to have blooms a plenty during the first weeks of potting.  As the plant starts to loose energy leave the flower heads to die back on the plant. Collect the seeds, after the flower heads fade, from the remaining pod  and replant in a cold frame or in early spring to enjoy their colourful display all over again.

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Faded flower head

 

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Extracted pansy seeds

 

 

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Sowing the Seeds of Love

Now is a good time to start sowing seeds – any flowers of your choice – for an abundance of colour from summer through to Autumn

 

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Popppies are prolific self seeders and once you plant them in your garden they will continue to self seed every year over the years – they provide a late spring/an early summer colourful display and the bees just can’t get enough of them either

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Whether you choose the traditional red or a colourful mix of orange and yellow they will bring sunshine to your garden everyday

 

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golden wonder yellow and orange poppies

 

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And then have fun after the blooms fade pressing the flowers and making your own creations for cards, decorating present wrapping etc

 

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Marigolds are another prolific seed producer.  Once you get them in your garden you can collect the seeds annually and sow again in early Spring to produce colourful displays for your summer garden. They don’t tend  to self seed like the poppies so best to hand collect the seeds once the flowers have faded.  Best grown in pots as the snails love these too! But try not to use slug pellets. When hedgehogs eat the slugs they ingest the pellets too and this in turn destroys them and upsets the whole delicate ecological balance.

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Sunshine on a rainy day

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and have some fun pressing the flowers…………. to make your own unique creations

 

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