A round up of September!
By Paul Hervey-Brookes
This is a an usually busy month for me and although the garden is crying out for a little care I am busy preparing an exhibition to take place in October and working on the dreaded Christmas plans for my garden store Allomorphic in Stroud.
Aside that I am planning a little holiday. Its been a busy year and I have counted that thanks to working in this amazing industry I have traveled to 7 countries this year. I don’t think there are many industries which have such a broad potential for travel and variety. I know I am certain that when I made the decision to grow plants at school and the eventually find my way to study at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in 1997 I had no compression of the next twenty years.
September is also the month that designers finalise there plans and hopes for RHS Chatsworth and Hampton Court, you may not know that if a designer wants to apply to create a garden at next years RHS Chelsea Flower Show they need to have submitted their plans last month. I wouldn’t like to say at this stage if I am planning to create gardens as shows next year but I am delighted for my team that this year we managed two Gold medals, one at RHS Chelsea and People’s Choice at RHS Chatsworth which was am amazing achievement and featured two Bradstone products.
As Autumn begins to nudge its way closer then the days will start to noticeably become shorter, its a magical moment of Dahlias, Aster and Rubeckia combined with trees and hedgerows laden with richly coloured fruits from Apples, Pears and Sloes. Its a time fo harvest so if you have any time to spare its seasonally fitting to be making jams, salting tomatoes and generally preserving natures bounty and your hard work of the winter. There is something rather good about living in tune with the seasons, a sense of wellness that simply going to the supermarket with its year round availability doesn’t provide and I for one enjoy the coming restriction in the knowledge that the excess of summer has been enjoyed and will come around again.