September Gardens Blog

Find out what our Gardeners got up to in September in our latest blog....

September sees shortening days and the first glimpses of autumn becoming prevalent in the garden.

It has been a busy month at Trentham with the Italian team taking delivery of over 73,000 bulbs ready for next year’s bigger and better bulb festival display.

The team have used the bulb lasagne technique for planting which sees later flowering larger bulbs such as Daffodils positioned at the lower levels of the pot and smaller earlier flowering bulbs such as Crocus in the top layers.

Bulbs in next year’s display include Tulips, Hyacinths, Crocus, Daffodils, Chionodoxa, Muscari and Fritillaria.

The East side team have been busy hedge cutting the show gardens and tea-room Hornbeam hedges. They will check for nesting birds prior to cutting and assess accordingly. Next month will see the team tackle the 1000m long hedges in the hide and speak maze. On-going grass cutting, weeding and strimming are also taking place. Small scale turf repairs to the viewing mounds will be carried out shortly, these offer great views of the Rivers of Grass and Floral Labyrinth.

Maincrop potatoes have been harvested and used by our garden volunteers and staff, when growing these be sure to use certified seed potatoes that ensure they are virus free and to protect from blight. These are great for most soil types and help to supress weeds and improve the soil structure. We can use these advantages by planting alliums as part of crop rotation in the area the following year.

The Lakeside Team have been busy maintaining the planting schemes, clearing and tidying new areas, which has included a lot of strimming and flailing. They have also had a delivery of over 60,000 bulbs, including Camassia, Daffodils, Tulips and Alliums. They are re-using 9,000 bulbs from Spring’s Bulb Festival around the Lake including extending the great display of white Narcissus ‘Thalia’ sweeping up the Zig Zag path.

Semi ripe cuttings of Penstemon have been taken to increase stock in the Floral Labyrinth. This involves removing a healthy shoot about 10-15cm in length preferably with a piece of the stem attached called a heel. Remove the lower third of foliage and place in some potting compost around the edge of the pot. Position in a cold frame and pot on when signs of new growth appear. Unlike collecting seed, this method ensures that the new plant will be a clone of its parent.
Deciduous leaves are beginning to fall which can be harvested and made into leaf mould which is a great soil conditioner/ mulch and can be added to potting mixes. Leaves can be placed inside a bin bag with holes for drainage and left for 12 months before being put into use.