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Garden Diary

Garden Diary: June

June 3rd, 2017
Bulbs and flowers Plant out annual summer bedding plants now the risk of frost has passed. Cut down spring bulb foliage as soon as the leaves start to yellow, lift and divide overcrowded clumps. When sweet peas start to flower, keep picking them to encourage more flowers. Dead-head and cut back oriental poppies after flowering. Cutting them close to ground level ...

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Garden Diary: January

January 3rd, 2017
Bulbs and flowers Cut off old hellebore leaves. This greatly reduces the risk of hellebore black spot and allows the buds to be seen before the new leaves come through. Don’t compost any leaves with dark patches. Keep borders clear of fallen foliage which will cover new bulb shoots and provide hiding places for slugs and snails. Check any stored tubers of perennials, fru...

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Garden Diary: November

November 11th, 2016
Bulbs and flowers   There’s still time to plant spring bulbs, especially tulips. If your soil is very heavy, some grit underneath will help with drainage. Stand all pots up on bricks or feet over the winter to help with drainage and reduce the risk of freezing. Try making a ‘multi-storey’ bulb planter: a layer of taller bulbs at the bottom, then a mid-sized grower a...

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Garden Diary: October

October 4th, 2016
Bulbs and flowers   Try to complete spring bulb planting this month. Plant barerooted or potted wallflowers for the spring. Trim off old leaves of hellebores to reduce the risk and spread of leaf spot. Continue to lift and divide perennials. Add compost to the new planting locations. Lift cannas and dahlias after the first frosts. Invert, dry for a week then put the...

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Garden Diary: September

September 10th, 2016
Bulbs and flowers  Plant Autumn flowering bulbs such as hardy cyclamen, nerines and colchicums. Start buying and planting your spring bulbs early, while the best selection is still available. Buy now and store tulips  in a cool dark place as they are best planted later in the year.  Follow the instructions –especially planting depths. Continue to dea...

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Garden Diary: August

August 9th, 2016
Watering is vital this month, not only for containers and glasshouses but for new planting and flowers or shrubs close to a wall. Bulbs and flowers Deadhead pelargoniums and other summer bedding plants. Continue to dead-head perennials and cut back when flowering is over. Dead head dahlias regularly, taking care not to remove new buds further down the stem. Keep an ...

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Garden Diary: July

July 4th, 2016
Bulbs and flowers There’ll be lots of exuberant growth, so it’s time to cut back plants that have flowered. This will encourage a second flush on repeat flowerers and the production of fresh foliage. Removing old leaves and stems will let the late flowering plants get some light, air and water and expose any hidden weeds. Flowers can be a little sparse in July. Bridge th...

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Garden Diary: June

June 6th, 2016
Bulbs and flowers Plant out annual summer bedding plants now the risk of frost has passed. Cut down spring bulb foliage as soon as the leaves start to yellow, lift and divide overcrowded clumps. When sweet peas start to flower, keep picking them to encourage more flowers. Dead-head and cut back oriental poppies after flowering. Cutting them close to ground level ...

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Garden Diary: May

May 19th, 2016
Bulbs and flowers This month sees some of the fastest growth of the whole year, so get on top of perennial weeds as they start to show, dig out or treat with a systemic weed killer. Keep watch for pests, especially on young shoots and tips. Wash off any aphids with soapy water. Lift , divide and replant any big clumps of the primula family now. At the end of the month,...

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Garden Diary: April

April 7th, 2016

Bulbs and flowers

Continue to lift and divide herbaceous plants. Finish dead-heading and cutting back. Leave penstemons until the end of the month, to protect the new shoots from late frosts. Protect delphiniums and other perennials from slugs and snails. Plants are at greatest risk when the young shoots first emerge.  Deal promptly with any perennials we...

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