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Flower garden job checklist

11 - 17 August 2014

It's time to...

  • Deadhead flowers of lady's mantle before they set seed
  • Water camellias to make sure they don't dry out while the flower buds are developing
  • Buy bulbs for autumn planting including tulips, narcissus, alliums, iris and crocus
  • Take cuttings from tender perennials and bedding plants
  • Collect seed from any flowers you fancy propagating
  • Trap earwigs among dahlias with upside-down pots stuffed with straw and balanced on canes
  • Pick leaves off plants affected by rose blackspot
  • Trim conifer hedges and evergreen hedges, cutting their tops back to the desired height
  • Clear bedding that has passed its best and plant out forget-me-nots and wallflowers
  • Tidy up fading perennials and make compost with the trimmings

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