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Camelia x williamsii 'Donation'

Camelia x williamsii 'Donation'.

Colin Evans garden tips

Though we're rapidly heading towards autumn, you can still reap a few vegetables from your garden. Colin also reveals how the more versatile shrubs can bring a ray of sunshine to your lawn throughout the forthcoming months.

Glimpses of summer are still here. Gardening in the great outdoors is proving a real pleasure, even though the evenings are drawing in.

At this time, most of the glasshouse crops are coming to an end, especially tomatoes and cucumbers. Keep them going for as long as you can, while the good weather lasts.

Over the next few weeks, I'll be giving you tips on how to make the glasshouse supply you with some winter produce and vibrant colour.

Last weekend I was at The Royal County Of Berkshire Show at Newbury.


The horticultural offerings were some of the best I've seen, despite a very difficult year for growers. The root and green vegetables were magnificent. Which just goes to show, no matter what the weather, the garden can still produce wonderful crops.

Although summer is just about to end we can still get some good crops from the garden and greenhouse. There's still plenty to do outside. Lets just hope we get a late summer in the form of a warm and dry autumn.

Colin's plant of the week

Camelia  x williamsii 'Donation' is one of the most versatile and colourful outdoor shrubs. This hardy evergreen plant works well in either the open ground or in a tub, planted in lime free compost.

Plant them where there is no morning sun. The new buds should give a glorious display, especially if the soil is kept moist and well composted.

Just a little granular feed in the autumn and the spring will ensure a happy and healthy plant.


1. Clear away debris from under Clematis and earth up the crown with compost to prevent Clematis wilt. Give a good feed of general garden liquid fertilizer.

Any that have finished flowering can be cut back. If you're in doubt about how far, then my general rule of thumb is to cut about a third to a half off, to get next years growth under way.

2. Sow winter lettuce under polythene cloches or in the greenhouse. Garden centres have many varieties of winter lettuce to choose from. They'll be definitely be one to suit your needs. one to suit your needs.

Plants for the greenhouse are best sown in pots as soil temperatures can be low, especially on wet days. The multi purpose potting compost is the best medium to use.


Grow bags are a good bet as they'll heat up the compost within and get the roots of plants growing quickly. Don't neglect to water plants in grow bags as the compost will dry out rapidly, leaving plants desperate for water.

3. Give lawns their last summer feed now. Left any longer and the excess vegetation will be killed by the frost.

Don't forget to mow the grass when it is dry enough. It can be cut until the first hard frosts appear.

Lawns taken care of now will make the grass look so much better next spring. It'll also need less attention, saving you money in the long run.

Happy Gardening

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