September 1st is officially the meteorological start of autumn and David, our Head Gardener, feels that autumn has definitely now arrived at Eaton.
Leaves are already turning with autumn colours starting to show. This will be greatly improved if we happen to have a dry autumn as the colours will be more vibrant and breathtaking.
Vast Quantities of Bulbs
The bulbs that David and Nichola decided on back in July have now arrived and a whopping 3000 of them are starting to be planted on the estate.
The autumn cut-back of perennials has begun as appropriate and some of these will be lifted and divided to further plant the gardens. The lawns will continue to be mowed regularly until frost sets in and halts the growth of the grass for the winter. Meanwhile the playing field is due for some continued ground care and will be scarified and aerated.
There is a big project planned at Eaton Cottage as the cottage garden area will have a major reorganisation this autumn. This will provide more plants for around the rest of the estate, with the aim to give an even better look throughout the gardens.
Some major tree work has started around the grounds of the Church (which is situated opposite The Manor House) so that some new planting of Cherry and Apple trees can take place. The reason being that this area used to be an orchard a couple of generations ago and in keeping with tradition we would like to restore this.