It’s September and for aeons I have associated it with new year. Having spent 29 years of my life in education, either receiving it or dishing it out, this is the time of new beginnings. Time to dust off, throw out; time for fresh starts, new hopes. And in gardening and farming, a time for sowing for next year.
This year I am not quite ready for the new. We spent a lovely long weekend away and returning home, the weather has turned back to summer gold and I don’t want to let go of this season.
But the mornings are cooler now, the leaves beginning to tumble. The urge to start tidying up is growing. I have read on several blogs that it is time to cut back flowering lavender, to keep the plants neat and to prevent them becoming woody. There is some excellent advice on the RHS website here about when to prune. The plants in my garden have without doubt been the mainstay of the bumblebees this summer and they are still in flower. So I will be ignoring the pruning advice for now as the bees are still making extensive use of them. I might shear them over lightly to remove the spent flowers later on, but mine will be receiving their main haircut next spring.