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BOSHAM CHIDHAM & DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

September 2020

Another month has gone by and we still don’t seem to be any nearer being able to hold our monthly meetings safely in the Village Hall in Bosham.  We will hardly recognise each other when we eventually meet up!  Realistically, I think that the earliest date possible would be in February next year!  However should some miracle occur in the form of a vaccine I will let all members know straight away!  It would be so lovely to meet up with you all again.  I can resurrect the bookings at any time.

During lockdown and beyond, I have enjoyed walking in the beautiful countryside that surrounds us all here and it feels very autumnal now, especially accompanied by the colder nights.  I took my camera with me last week and snapped the vibrant berries on the hedgerows.  My garden is lacking  colour as the summer comes to an end and so the berries are especially welcome.  As I look at the garden all I see are lots of jobs to be done between now and the winter time!

Some October tips from Monty Don:  Keep deadheading throughout October, especially plants like dahlias as this will greatly extend their flowering season.   Collect seeds from your perennial plants using paper bags. Label seed packets immediately and store in a cool dry place until ready for sowing next year.  Plant or move biennials such as forget me nots, wallfowers, foxgloves, and take cuttings of penstemons and salvias.  Continue planting spring bulbs but wait until November for tulips.  Keep cutting the grass for so long as it keeps growing but it is better to have the grass too long than too short over the winter months.  Cut off any hellebore leaves that are obviously diseased and mulch around spring perennials.   That should keep us busy.

Keep safe and well and do hope we can meet up soon!

Rozie Bradley
Secretary