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Winkworth Arboretum is really worth a visit now. during Autumn, trees glow with reds and oranges, painting a beautiful picture.
Address: Hascombe Road, Godalming GU8 4AD. Open in October from 10.00 - 18.00.
West Dean is also starting to put on its autumn dress.
Address: West Dean, Chichester PO18 0QZ
An invasion of Asian hornets could hit English shores, after the number of nests found on Jersey rose by almost a third this year.
Since 2018 the Jersey Asian Hornet group have been training beekeepers who are nervous about the fact that, inevitably, the UK are going to get Asian hornets. Asian hornets eat native honey bees.
Asian hornets are distinguished by being up to 2.5cm in length, have a dark brown or black body, bordered with a fine yellow band. If you think you see an Asian hornet, take a photo and share it with the Non-Native Species Secretariat.
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Top gardening jobs for November
Here are the RHS's top monthly garden tips. You can read more on this article on their website, here.
1. Clear up fallen leaves - especially from lawns, ponds and beds
2. Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent waterlogging
3. Plant tulip bulbs for a spring display next year
4. Prune roses to prevent wind-rock
5. Plant out winter bedding
6. Cover brassicas with netting if pigeons are a problem
7. Insulate outdoor containers from frost - bubble wrap works well
8. Stop winter moth damage to fruit trees using grease bands around the trunks
9. Put out bird food to encourage winter birds into the garden
10. Use a seasonal bonfire - where this is allowed - to dispose of excess debris unfit for composting
‘‘There ought to be gardens for all months of the year, in which, severally, the things of beauty may be then in season’
Sir Francis Bacon ‘Of Gardens’
‘There yet will be warm noons, the honey’d leavings of the year, Hours of rich musing, ripest autumn’s core
’ Edward Dowden ‘In the Garden VIII: Later Autumn’
‘Autumn, I love thy parting look to view In cold November’s day, so bleak and bare, When, thy life’s dwindled thread worn nearly thro’, With ling’ring, pott’ring pace, and head bleach’d bare, Thou, like an old man, bidd’st the world adieu’
John Clare ‘Written in November’
‘At no season… do we get such superb colour effect as from August to November’
Rose G Kingsley ‘The Autumn Garden’
National Trust’s Book ‘Inspirational Gardens Through the Seasons by Helene Gammick.
This glorious book capture the best of British gardens through the seasons. From carpets of bluebells and voluptuous summer roses to golden autumnal landscapes and spectacular snowdusted walks, this beautiful guide is filled with evocative photography that will offer inspiration to gardeners throughout the year.
IBSN / Item number: 978-1-909881-20-4