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Flower garden job checklist

15 - 21 September 2014

It's time to...

  • Buy tulips now while they're fresh in garden centres, but hold off planting till next month
  • Plant daffodils, hyacinths and crocus in pots
  • Lift and pot up tender perennials to protect over winter
  • Clear away faded summer bedding and annuals, composting the plants
  • Fork over bare patches ready for planting spring bulbs
  • Lift tubers of dahlias, gladioli, and begonias, clean them off and store them in dry compost in a cool, frost-proof place
  • Sow sweet peas in pots and protect the plants in a frame over winter
  • Sow hardy annuals in borders for earlier flowers next summer
  • Prune tall rose bushes and standard roses to reduce wind rock
  • Pinch out sweet pea seedling tips for bushier plants and more flowers next year

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