You must never have a garden without Asters. They flower for such a long time, are the most vibrant colours you have ever seen, and prolong the season. They dont seem to have any problems, though one of mine had some mildew on which has now gone, probably because we have had plenty of rain. You should divide them in the Spring, and we did this with Harringtons Pink, and were very successful. It seems to be a particularly vigorous clone. Polly has been on holiday this week, and Colin has sorted out all my problems with the computer, I expect it took him hours and I am very grateful. What would I do without him. The asters go very well with grasses, which I hope you all like.
I had about eight visitors on friday, and what a difference it makes when they are all enthusiastic. One lady recognised Parahebe catarractea which no one has ever commented on, and I have had since the days of my friendship with Dianey Binny and Betsy. I spent a very entertaining time with them, and was pleased that their favourite border was the Autumn Border, which has been vastly improved by the addition of yellow. The dogs are sitting outside the blue gates, waiting for James and their walk. Tensing is not allowed one yet, as is still recuperating from his operation. It is already very autumnal, and some trees have dropped their leaves already. In the potting shed there seem to be hundreds of tulip bulbs waiting to be planted, but there is no hurry for them before November. The Malus Hupehensis are covered with red berries, and I have been cutting off the dead leaves of the peonies. In November we take off all the leaves of the Hellebores. We had a two page spread in Country Life this week by Clive, of the garden with alliums. I was thrilled as it was a complete surprise.