Gardeners can be easily confused. I know I am. We enjoyed a great winter holiday in Rome, Hamburg and London during January, only to leave London at a snowy -4°C and arrive
home to a heatwave 45+°C! So thank goodness for autumn, my favourite season, with cooler, sunny days, foliage colour everywhere and roses, vegetables and shrubs flourishing.
This is a great time to get busy preparing for the rewards of a terrific spring display. With rewards in mind our team of garden writers share their favourite bulbs for planting now; what’s yours?
There are lots of tips and ideas from our home garden to share with you as it comes back to life and the vegetable patch is readied for a winter bonanza. Whether you grow nothing but a few herbs, or a fine home-grown harvest, we have ‘plot to plate’ ideas for you to cook, with recipes using parsley and the delicious autumn bounty of eggplants. Also in this issue, Sandra visits Cruden Farm, the beautiful garden of the late Dame Elizabeth Murdoch and I interview the Australian gardener responsible for sourcing the ancient plants for Singapore’s stunning Gardens by the Bay project. Angus Stewart takes you on a wildflower hunt in Western Australia, and if you can’t make the trip, we have all the tips you need to sow Aussie wildflowers in your own garden for a gorgeous spring show.
So whether you head straight to the Garden Clinic Club pages or slowly work your way from cover to cover, I’m sure you’ll enjoy what our team has prepared for you this autumn!