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Flower garden job checklist

18 - 24 August 2014

It's time to...

  • Save seed from ornamental annual quaking grass and many other garden plants
  • Water camellias regularly as drought can cause the buds to drop next spring
  • Summer prune wisteria, shortening long sideshoots back to five or six leaves
  • Deadhead roses, unless you want them to form autumn hips
  • Trim lavender immediately after flowering to maintain its shape, but avoid cutting back too far into old wood
  • Hoe weeds regularly to prevent seedlings establishing
  • Trim conifer hedges, evergreen hedges and topiary
  • Deadhead dahlias to encourage further blooms to form
  • Cut down perennials past their prime
  • Sow hardy annuals, like poached egg plant, for early flowers next year

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