Posts in category Summer

Late Summer

AUGUST Make note of now possible improvements that could be made to the herbaceous border when replanting in autumn. Cut suitable flowers, such as helichrysum and poppy seed heads, and hang them head downwards to dry for indoor displays during winter. Continue watering if drought threatens. TREES AND SHRUBS Take semi-hardwood cuttings of [...]

Mid-Summer

JULY A rewarding time for the gardener whose earlier work is now paying dividends, but guard against drought by watering well and providing mulches of well-rotted leaves or old compost. Keep a careful lookout for greenfly attack on any young, soft shoots, and prepare new and worn lean areas for autumn sowing. TREES AND SHRUBS Continue thi [...]

Early Summer

JUNE This, the loveliest hour of the gardening year, is also the time to keep a weather eye open for insect pests, diseases and weeds. Feeding plants with fertilisers or liquid feeds is also important at this season. Sow perennials in nursery beds for next year’s display. TREES AND SHRUBS Cut out any branches of variegated cultivars [...]

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