Late summer plants

What can I grow in the garden during late summer?

Late summer to early autumn is the perfect time to get plants established to see full growth next year. I am of course not talking about annual plants for the spring but the biennials and perennials which will get their root growth done in the ideal conditions now to become strong healthy plants come early next year. This will also be a useful experience for kids to see how their annual plants will die but what we plant now will grow back after the winter. So what are some fun plants for kids to get started now? Well there are plenty of options you can pick up from a garden centre or start from seed but I will list some of the easier plants to grow. Late Summer Biennials and Perennials
Perfect Late summer plants for gardening with children.

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Butterflies in the UK

Did you know there are 59 species of butterfly in the UK and that they are one of the most threatened groups of wildlife?
Sadly, UK wildlife on a whole is in decline, of the more noticeable is the butterflies. Their beautiful colours and aerobatics are a noticeable part of a British summer. It is an appreciation of these creatures I wish to pass to my children, one such way is taking my children out to explore for insects and see which butterflies we can spot. Naturally this is easier for some more than others, certainly than for those living in built up areas. There are however things everyone can do to peak a childs’ interest.

Red Admiral, Common Blue butterflies.
Whilst out on a nature walk with the children we were lucky to spot a Red Admiral, Common Blue and a Small Copper butterfly.

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