We are at the point in the year when mellow fruit and autumnal hues offer the glories of golden leaves and dried grasses. When the weather has been so patchy, up and down in temperature and rain fall, it causes a series of different outcomes for the flower borders and shrubberies. The ground alternates between being thick gloopy mud that cakes everything and everybody, wellington boots get stuck fast and it is definitely not recommended to walk or run across the lawn as it impacts on the roots. By the opposite end of the scale is just as tricky to manage. After a great deal of rain which completely floods the borders, lawns and just sits there barely draining away, the opposite end of the weather scale is just as difficult. Once the rain and laying water has finally drained away or evaporated, the soil rapidly becomes baked rock hard – so much so that tools and implements cannot be used to break it up and so the cycle of soaking wet flood and hard baked desert continues.