• Hvonn/Angelica (Angelica archangelica) in Iceland © B&K Horden
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    Alaskan lupins in Iceland © B&K Horden
  • Woolly Willow (Salix lanata) in Iceland © B&K Horden
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    Arctic thyme (Thymus praecox-arcticus) in Iceland © B&K Horden
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  • In the Garden this month
  • In Nature this month
Herbaceous
perennials
The soil will still be warm so it is a good time to lift and divide perennials. This will keep them from becoming congested and encourage better flowering the following year.
Plant up
containers for Winter colour
Plant some containers with a selection of flowers and foliage to brighten up the garden, patio or balcony during the Winter months. Examples of plants include Winter heather, Winter-flowering pansies, Cyclamen, Skimmia, Heuchera, or Ornamental grasses such as Carex.
Dahlias
Lift Dahlias after the first frost when their leaves have turned black. In warmer areas they can be left in the ground but protect their crowns with a layer of material such as straw or add a good mulch.
Trees
Autumn has arrived and the cooler, shorter days will have prompted trees to start preparing for Winter. Their leaves will have started to change colour as they produce less chlorophyll so with a few more warm, sunny days before the clocks go back, this month is a good time to get outside and observe the changing season as leaves change colour.
Fungi
The fruiting bodies of many varieties of fungi will be emerging from forest floors, rotting wood and in grassy areas. They enjoy the combination of warmth from Summer months and the damp conditions in Autumn.
Wild clematis (Clematis vitalba)
Wild clematis or Old Man’s beard as it is commonly known, becomes much more noticeable now. The plant that scrambles over hedgerows will have finished flowering and its fluffy seedheads will be much in evidence.

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