Get spring fever!

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Now’s the time to get buying or ordering your spring-flowering bulbs to be planted over the next month or so.

Some of the nicest bulbs to choose are dwarf bulbs, which will bring small, dainty flowers to your garden in the spring – especially useful if your garden is exposed and plants prone to getting battered down by winds.

Look out for Anemone blanda ‘White Splendour’, with its white flowers and green-yellow centre, and Chionodoxa siehei, with its crowded heads of large, violet-blue flowers, each with a big bright white eye.

Fritillaria michailovskyi has striking flowers that are yellow towards the tips and purple towards the base, with up to seven flowers per stem, and while the plant is only short, 15cm (6in) it makes quite an impact. Finally, Iris ‘Katharine Hodgkin’ has exquisitely patterned flowers that are pale blue with yellow and dark blue markings.

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Plan next year’s harvest

Look forward to some delicious soft fruits next summer by getting your plans in place now. You can order cold stored strawberry runners for delivery in winter and continue planting new strawberry beds. It is also the time to cut back old canes of blackberries and hybrid berries after fruiting and tie in the new canes. You can also prune blackcurrants.

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Still looking for plants?

Head along to RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex where the Autumn plant fair takes place from 21–22 September 10am–4pm. This Plant Heritage event is the perfect chance to buy rare and unusual plants from some of the region’s specialist nurseries. Normal garden admission (booking not required)

Meanwhile, down in Devon at RHS Garden Rosemoor, 22 September 10am–4pm there’s a chance to enjoy some foodie fun at the Taste of the West Country Food Fest. This is Rosemoor’s food festival celebrating traditional local produce and organic foods including locally reared beef and lamb, handmade cheeses, English wines and much more. Normal garden admission

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