This time of year, nearing the beginning of autumn, it can be quite frenetic. There are the flowers to be dead headed every day – this helps to maintain a constant flow of buds and so the plant doesn’t automatically set seed. Once that happens then no more blooms will materialise. We should be seeing a second flush of some early floweirng shrubs too – by cutting back the wegelia a little after first flowering, it can often burst back into life at the end of a hot summer. This is sometimes caused by dramatic changes in weather conditions. This is also the time for looking out bulbs and the autumn flowering soft perennials – they need putting in and caring fore whilst the warm weather can give them a boost. Of course, having a helper in the garden, someone who is professional, will aid every amateur gardener and take any worry out of it!