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November News - Autumn Leaves

Monday, November 30, 2020

Leaves are everywhere… this October and November we have enjoyed the beautiful variety of colours on the trees, and now many trees are bare. We’re feeling the chill in the air and the change in the light as we approach the shortest day. But we can still enjoy gardens and parks and appreciate the changing colours of the landscape, seeing the intricate structures of the trees and shrubs, the autumn colour palette of muted greens and browns, and gold, orange and reds of fallen leaves.

There’s lots you can do to brighten up your garden with colourful winter bedding and putting out bird feed to attract the wildlife. And it’s a great time for a seasonal tidy up as plants and shrubs become dormant.

Plantwatch

Look out for...

Hellebores – such as Christmas Rose, with green leaves and pretty bell-shaped white flowers


Cornus – red and orange stems, such as Cornus alba 'Sibirica' red-barked dogwood


Autumn trees – in all their glorious colours


Good time to…

Keep clearing leaves from lawns, beds and ponds

Tidy up beds and borders

Plant winter bedding for colour – cyclamen, heather and skimmia

Put in spring-flowering bulbs

Gardens in the News

Parks and gardens are still a great place to visit in autumn and winter, particularly when other attractions may be closed due to current restrictions. Book ahead for Hampton Court Palace and Kew Gardens or the RHS Gardens (or enjoy a virtual trip via their website!). It’s also fun for children to run and explore, and for us all to get much needed fresh air and perspective.

The newly-released remake of The Secret Garden is now available on streaming services, as its cinema was delayed by this year’s events. An enjoyable film with amazing special effects celebrating the uplifting and transformative power of nature.

Like so many other venues, the Garden Museum has been inventive in coming up with online events. There are talks, workshops, cookery sessions and even an online craft fair, to help keep us entertained and educated from the comfort of our own homes.

Finally this organisation The Floral Project has come up with the idea of those with gardens growing cut flowers to give to others in their community, a lovely way to brighten someone’s day with a gift of nature.

Company News

Seasonal tidy ups in New Malden and Wimbledon

New garden maintenance contracts won by The Urban Gardeners in Coombe Hill

9000 Spring bulbs planted at a private estate

500 Cyclamen planted up at prestigious riverfront apartments on the South Bank

 

Please do get in touch for any of your gardening needs

Best wishes

Toby and The Urban Gardeners team