Dazzling with colourful interest in the sunshine, the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is a tremendously popular annual event as it caters for both keen gardeners and also families who want a terrific day out.
As Winter draws in there are less hours of daylight to work outside, and David Hall's indoor pot plants assume a greater significance than during those hot heady days of high summer.
During the garden's winter dormancy, colourful indoor plants have the stage virtually to themselves. And of all the flowering plants available now for Christmas, Cyclamen persicum is surely the unsung star.
It is a compact plant that is inexpensive to buy and will flower freely until well into the New Year.
Mother Nature normally designs flowers that are uniform in shape, but one of the greatest virtues of the Cyclamen is its seemingly irregular flower. It is thrown from the top of a long slender stem like a flag billowing on a mast in a blustery wind.
The flowers are richly coloured, bold and proud, waving over a sea of silver, green and grey foliage.
The leaves huddle together into a tight mound, acting as the perfect landscape on which to plant those showy blooms.
Looking after an indoor Cyclamen is easy. In fact it is too easy. When they leave the shops and garden centres they should be compact and well budded, but often only 2-3 weeks after buying them the leaves have turned yellow and become limp. The flowers have wilted and may be even starting to rot.
Killing them with kindness by giving too much water around the crown, and keeping them in conditions that are too warm is normally the reason.
Sitting on top of the television in a centrally heated lounge are not ideal conditions. Instead, place them in a well lit position, in a cool part of the house, and water them from the base regularly.
Feed sparingly and pinch out any overblown flowers. After the flowering period allow the corm to dry. It is as easy as that.
Building a Hutch Company Starter Chicken Coop is easy by following the detailed instructions that are supplied, it is a practical design that uses excellent quality wooden panels and requires only a screwdriver for assembly.
With a view to introducing their impressive range of timber products to GardenSite, David Coton recently visited Churnet Valley Garden Furniture to look around their manufacturing facility.
GLEE is the garden retail industry's annual show, David Coton took the opportunity to visit this year's event at the NEC in Birmingham to catch up with the news, visit current and potential suppliers and evaluate new products we can offer on GardenSIte in the coming year.
With a La Hacienda chimenea or firepit providing light and heat whatever the thermometer says, David Coton discovers that you can continue savouring an outdoor lifestyle even in late summer and the cool of an autumn evening.