So it’s not winter yet but the markers are there – turning the clocks back and then Bonfire Night. So make the most of light and mellow days (or hours) and enjoy whatever is continuing to bloom in a sheltered corner. Maybe your Iceberg roses are having a late flush as they so often do, even going on into December, or you still have a carpet of dainty pink and white cyclamen (hederifolium) which do so well in dry spots under trees. Depending on the greediness of your birds, berries will still be showy, particularly the cotoneasters and pyracanthas which, with their dark green leaves and varied shapes and heights, are so useful and practically indestructible.
Gardening – The High Summer Garden, the full story appears from page 61 of our magazine.