Special offer for readers on Plant World Seeds as you plan ahead for your garden
The Plant World Seeds offers have always been very popular '“ here's one for the 2018-19 season and there's a chance to save more than ever.
With any purchase, no matter how small, you’ll receive a packet each of the golden and purple versions of cow parsley, Anthriscus sylvestris Golden Fleece and A. sylvestris Ravenswing, (worth £2.95 each). You’ll also get 10 per cent off anything you buy!
All you have to do is add voucher code SUND12 in the box at the checkout, visit www.plant-world-seeds.comA. sylvestris Golden Fleece is new, with bright, lemony-yellow, fern-like leaves erupting from the ground in early spring.
It grows into shining, golden mounds which are resistant to burning by the sun, with sprays of fluffy white flowers. As a rule, except for severe winters, it is evergreen (or evergold) too!
Be one of the first to grow this newly-discovered foliage plant which is a perfect complement to the dark-leaved form, Ravenswing. This plant comes almost 100 per cent true from seed.
A perfect foil to Golden Fleece is Ravenswing, which produces basal sprays of darkest mahogany-bronze, finely divided ferny foliage, making a perfect foil for the airy umbels of white heads.
Very hardy and long-living, at the middle or back of the border, this makes a distinctive ferny-airy display.
Ever since being revealed at Chelsea this has been an essential plant in modern gardens.
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JOBS TO DO THIS WEEKEND
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Sow hardy annuals (Consolida, Calendula, Centaurea, Limnanthes, and poppies) where they are to flower next year.
If you sowed any spring-flowering biennials such as Viola, Digitalis (foxglove) or Erysimum (wallflowers), earlier in the summer, they will now need planting out – nip out the tips to encourage bushy plants.
Deadhead annuals to keep them going until mid-autumn.
Inspect chrysanthemums for signs of white rust.
Order mature or large plants now for planting next month or once the rains have moistened the soil.
Plant up containers with Hippeastrum (amaryllis) bulbs and prepared hyacinths for a Christmas display.
Now is an ideal time to apply biological controls for use on vine weevil grubs. Target fuchsias, succulents and container plants.
Harvest apples, pears, plums and gages.
Pot up herbs, such as tarragon, to use in winter.
Prune out fruited blackberry/tayberry/loganberry stems and tie in new shoots to supports.
Plant out garlic, or start cloves in pots to transplant later.
Vegetables to sow now include spring cabbages, Japanese onions, turnips for green tops, winter lettuces, spinach, endive, corn salad, land cress and baby salad leaves.