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Here in rural Norfolk, the chives are still ﬂowering as if it’s summer, as are the delphiniums and geraniums. New blooms are opening on roses and mingling with plump glossy red hips. Winter is taking its time to arrive; it clearly hasn’t read the barrage of reports screaming that next week our gardens will be at the mercy of plummeting temperatures, snow and ice.
You saw the berries of the Guelder Rose already red in June this year in my piece last month, and I thought I would look at other berries, hips and haws that are in my garden. I think of these as autumn colours, but some appear earlier than that, even in years without a drought or heatwave to extra stress the plants, though they don’t usually become noticeable until autumn when there is less colour around them.
The Hardy Chrysanthemum booklet provides all the information required to know and grow these wonderful plants together with an extensive list of cultivars and a huge array of photographs. The booklet is available through the HPS website at £5.50 for members and £7.50 non-members.
This autumn the S. novae-angliae have been predominant throughout the garden; away from the collection, they have self-seeded and been allowed to grow to maturity. Many of the seedlings are better than some of the named plants, having large flowers with many fine ray florets ...
The new HPS booklet on Hardy Garden Chrysanthemums has been written by Judy Barker. Judy holds part of the Dispersed National Collection along with Hill Close Gardens in Warwick and Dr Andrew Ward of Norwell Nurseries, and she will be visiting Hill Close on Saturday 27th October for their Chrysanthemum Day when more than 70 varieties will be in bloom (for more information go to www.hillclosegardens.com). Booklets will be available to buy on the day or through the HPS website.