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We bounded into October, following the hectic month that was September, with the final shows of the year and our win at the Great British Growing Awards. Click here to read what happened at Rhino HQ in September.
But autumn brings a whole new set of adventures to our Rhino family.
AUTUMN GARDEN JOBS
It's raining cats and dogs most days at the moment up here in Norfolk. Rivers are rising, winds are whipping and leaves are strewn across the streets, parks and gardens. But what should you be doing in your garden?
- It's the perfect time to mulch your beds, so take advantage of all that natural ground cover. The wet leaves are the perfect compost - food for worms and insects that will break it down, adding nutrients to the soil for next year.
- Seed gathering season is ending (officially, 23rd September - 23rd October). Wet weather isn't ideal for gathering up your seeds, so if you're still hoping to harvest more, wait for a dry day, when the seeds will release themselves more easily. It is best to keep the seeds as dry as possible while in storage, so best to start as you mean to go on.
- Now is also a good time to clean out the greenhouse. It's probably the emptiest it's going to be for a while, so take that opportunity to thoroughly clean your greenhouse, inside and out. Clean glass lets in more sunlight; it's essential for your plants and you'll keep warmer too, when you're pottering about in the early morning frosts of January.
- You might also be bringing your tender perennials inside the greenhouse for overwintering, now that the temperatures are dropping. Make sure you haven't forgotten that flowerpot behind the shed you put out back in June. It's time to bring them inside for the winter.
What is happening in your garden? We'd love to hear from you.
SALE ENDS 31ST OCTOBER
You might think that the end of summer means greenhouse season is over, but not the case here at Rhino. We're in the middle of our End of Season Sale, selling off lots of greenhouses we've been using at shows over the last couple of years, and it's now time they get a permanent home. At the time of writing, there were only 5 show models left. Although, our package offers are still offering great discounts on our most popular models, with accessories included.
All our prices are set to increase on November 1st, so now really is the best time to get your very own Rhino set up for the new year. Click here to see what's on offer now.
We have great relationships with our customers and I'm constantly getting messages from people about how much they appreciate our service and are enjoying the product. You might have seen on our Facebook or Instagram pages that we received a lovely thank you gift from Lucy Lott. She sent us a box of hand decorated biscuits from the Biscuiteers. Delicious, beautiful and safari themed, just for us! We were so touched, so thank you Lucy.
Every now and then, something can really get our attention, and that was the case when a certain artist got in touch with us. Geoffrey Kay uses his Rhino as a gallery for his artisan pottery. The picture above is from his glasshouse gallery. You can find out more about him and his art here: www.museumsofthemind.wordpress.com
We love hearing from our customers, so please do keep getting in touch with us and sharing your stories.
There's one other thing that autumn means - for me, at least - and that is books. It's getting cooler and the rain is pitter-pattering against the windows. The perfect time to curl up with a good book.
I've been enjoying The Overstory by Richard Powers, last year's Man Booker Prize Winner. It is a sprawling piece of fiction, where the humans act and the trees oversee. It is a book with an important message for humanity - we must coexist in the magnificent ecosystem that we are taking a chainsaw to every day. It also asks us to recognise the incredible creatures that trees surely are. I had no idea of how much they were capable, until reading this book, and cannot help but agree that we might spend forever trying to ask the questions trees already have the answers to.
On the topic of Man Booker Winners, the 2019 winners - yes, plural - have just been announced: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood and Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo. I've just purchased The Testaments and as a big fan of The Handmaid's Tale, I'm eager to get started. I also purchased Ash Before Oak by Jeremy Cooper. Trees are very much on my mind lately, so this title caught my eye and will join the TBR pile too. It is a fictional journal that shows how a lonely man with a love for nature finds his salvation. It is the winner of the Fitzcarraldo Editions Fiction Novel Prize.
What are you reading?
If you're a Rhino Owner with an interesting story to tell, we'd love to hear from you.
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