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    Iceberg roses © Ita McCobb
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    Amelanchier laevis 'Ballerina' © Ita McCobb
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    Golden zucchini (Cucurbita pepo) © Ita McCobb
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    Pink climbing roses © Ita McCobb
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  • In the Garden this month
  • In Nature this month
If it is dry and hot plants are likely to need watering. Avoid watering when the plants are in full sun as this is not efficient use of water as much of it will evaporate before it reaches the roots. Water either in the morning or evening. It is better to water thoroughly and occasionally than a little and often.
To prolong colour into Autumn now is the time to plant Autumn-flowering bulbs such as Nerines, Sternbergia and Colchicums.
Cut Courgettes regularly before they become too large. They are tastier when eaten young and regular picking encourages more to develop. Keep feeding and watering Tomatoes and once 4 to 5 trusses have developed pinch out the top growing tip so the tomatoes have time to ripen before the frosts.
sedges & rushes
Fluffy white tufts of Cotton grass (Eriophorum agustifolium) can be seen this month on open, wet heathland and moors. Despite its common name it is a member of the Sedge family and at one time was used as stuffing for pillows and wicks for candles.
There are a limited number of wildflowers to be seen in woodlands as most are now flowering out in open areas where they get more light and sun, however look out for Broadleaved helleborine (Epipactis helleborine), a tall Orchid that is the most common of the Epipactis species in the UK.
The fruits of Wild strawberries (Fragaria vesca) will be ripening and their tiny, soft red berries can be found in grassy areas, along hedgerows and in woodland clearings
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