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12 pumpkins and squash to grow

As Halloween approaches you can't help but notice the increasingly popular range of winter squash and pumpkins in shops and harvest display. So how about growing your own, ready for this time next year? Alys Fowler suggests some favourites.

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Pumpkins and squash c. Paul Debois

As Halloween approaches you can't help but notice the increasingly popular range of winter squash and pumpkins in shops and harvest display. So how about growing your own, ready for this time next year? Alys Fowler suggests some favourites.

Pumpkins and the increasingly popular winter squash offer a rainbow of colours to the garden and culinary delights to the kitchen. They are easy to grow and can be used as ground cover or as climbers, and range in all manner of size, so there’s one for every garden. Here Alys Fowler lists some favourites:

Autumn garden stars - Tricyrtis

Perfect for brightening up a shady corner in the autumn garden, Tricyrtis - also known as toad lilies - are colourful star-shaped flowers often spotted in a contrasting colour, held on arching stems. Real little gems...

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Tricyrtis formosana ‘Dark Beauty’ c. Andrew Montgomery

Perfect for brightening up a shady corner in the autumn garden, Tricyrtis - also known as toad lilies - are colourful star-shaped flowers often spotted in a contrasting colour, held on arching stems. Real little gems...

There are around 20 species of Tricyrtis, mostly from Japan and Taiwan, a few from China. The best for gardens are Tricyrtis formosana cultivars such as ‘Small Wonder’, a low-growing form with heavily spotted leaves and flowers. T. formosana ‘Tiny Toad’ and ‘Dark Beauty’ (pictured here) are easy to grow and hardy.

What's on: Apple Day

Now is the time to enjoy English apples - be it a 'Peasgood Nonsuch' or a 'Jester'. Favourable weather this year has meant good crops with lots of gorgeous ripe apples ready to harvest. Celebrate the season at a local Apple Day event. It's the perfect way to find out more about the huge variety of English apple cultivars and celebrate all thing orchard.

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Apple Day c. William Shaw

Now is the time to enjoy English apples - be it a 'Peasgood Nonsuch' or a 'Jester'. Favourable weather this year has meant good crops with lots of gorgeous ripe apples ready to harvest. Celebrate the season at a local Apple Day event. It's the perfect way to find out more about the huge variety of English apple cultivars and celebrate all thing orchard.

 

'Down to Earth - My Garden Story’ with Monty Don

Join us at our Autumn Lecture with Monty Don as he reflects on his passion for gardens and gardening and tells us how his approach has developed throughout his gardening life. Royal Geographical Society, 10 October 2014.

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Monty Don

Join us at our Autumn Lecture with Monty Don as he reflects on his passion for gardens and gardening and tells us how his approach has developed throughout his gardening life. Royal Geographical Society, 10 October 2014.

 

Monty Don's passion for gardens and gardening, organic practices and home-grown vegetables encompasses a deep respect for rural living and traditional skills. We are delighted to welcome him as the speaker at our first GARDENS ILLUSTRATED Autumn Lecture, held at the Royal Geographical Society in London, when he will talk about his life in gardening, his passion for growing and his Herefordshire garden in a talk entitled 'Down to Earth - My Garden Story'.

Autumn recipe from Rosendal

Rosendal is a thriving biodynamic garden in Stockholm. Here's a recipe from their popular café that makes use of the season's new crop of apples.

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Apple crisp recipe Rosendal

Rosendal is a thriving biodynamic garden in Stockholm. Here's a recipe from their popular café that makes use of the season's new crop of apples.

Rosendal is a biodynamic garden with a famous glasshouse café that was one of the inspirations for Petersham Nurseries in Richmond... Since its inception, Rosendal has been imagined as a ‘workshop for life’.

Extra Extra! Another recipe from Great Dixter’s kitchen garden

Have you tried and enjoyed all the recipes that we featured in the August issue (212) from Great Dixter's vegetable gardener/cook Aaron Bertelsen? If you have, you might be interested in this extra recipe for redcurrant jelly that Aaron has picked out as one of his regular favourites from the late Christopher Lloyd's book Gardener Cook.

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Great Dixter’s larder c. Andrew Montgomery

Have you tried and enjoyed all the recipes that we featured in the August issue (212) from Great Dixter's vegetable gardener/cook Aaron Bertelsen? If you have, you might be interested in this extra recipe for redcurrant jelly that Aaron has picked out as one of his regular favourites from the late Christopher Lloyd's book Gardener Cook.

Great Dixter's kitchen gardener/cook Aaron Bertelsen chooses redcurrant jelly as a favourite recipe from the late Christopher Lloyd's Gardener Cook.

Redcurrant Jelly

Parking space vs front garden

Off-street parking and an attractively planted front garden needn’t be mutually exclusive – there are lots of designs that combine the two. 

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Parking space vs front garden c. Giles Park

Off-street parking and an attractively planted front garden needn’t be mutually exclusive – there are lots of designs that combine the two. 

Off-street parking and an attractively planted front garden needn’t be mutually exclusive – there are lots of designs that combine the two. Annie Guilfoyle director of Garden Design at KLC School of Design comes up with some ideas.

Pelargoniums collection from Woottens of Wenhaston

Woottens of Wenhaston are offering a pelargoniums collection at a special price for GARDENS ILLUSTRATED readers.

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Woottens Pelargonium collection offer

Woottens of Wenhaston are offering a pelargoniums collection at a special price for GARDENS ILLUSTRATED readers.

Take a look at this offer from pelargonium specialist Woottens of Wenhaston. It has picked out three gorgeous pelargoniums in striking colours that will work well either on their own or in combination.

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Choose from either Collection 1 or 2 - plus there's an additional offer to pre-order Pelargonium 'Ardens' now for when stocks are available.

Tickets on sale for new GROW London garden show

GROW London is the new contemporary gardeners' gathering, taking root on Hampstead Heath this summer: 20-22 June.

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GROW London

GROW London is the new contemporary gardeners' gathering, taking root on Hampstead Heath this summer: 20-22 June.

Perfect for gardeners and non-gardeners alike, GROW London will offer the very best in contemporary gardening – bursting with ideas on how to transform your outdoor space, be it a large garden or a compact balcony.

10% reader discount on Plant Belles

Plant Belles now have an online shop making it easy to buy their practical and decorative plant supports. Make the most of our special pre-Chelsea Gardens Illustrated reader offer, giving you a 10% discount on orders over £50.

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Plant Belles - Gertrude support c.James Corbett

Plant Belles now have an online shop making it easy to buy their practical and decorative plant supports. Make the most of our special pre-Chelsea Gardens Illustrated reader offer, giving you a 10% discount on orders over £50.

 

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