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Flower garden job checklist

21 - 27 July 2014

It's time to...

  • Take cuttings from shrubs including pyracantha, cotinus, hypericum, potentilla, honeysuckle, ivy, hydrangea, spiraea and rosemary
  • Prune out plain green shoots from variegated trees and shrubs
  • Cut lavender for drying when in full flower
  • Cut back pansies that look straggly to encourage new growth
  • Shorten half the shoots on broom and genista to encourage new growth
  • Plant autumn-flowering bulbs such as nerines, colchicums, sternbergia, autumn crocuses and Amaryllis belladonna
  • Spray roses with fungicide to prevent mildew and blackspot
  • Propagate climbers like wisteria and passion flower by layering. Bend low shoots to soil level and peg them down, making a slit in the portion buried to encourage rooting
  • Pick off any lily bulbils forming on the stems and pot them up

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