Sarah's Snippets

Love July

As July begins we are
delighted to be exhibiting a show garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower
Show. Our garden is called ‘urban Oasis’ and has been designed and planted by
Ian Hammond who manages our plant department at our Twickenham garden centre.
My father Colin has also been very involved in the development of the garden.
We have drawn inspiration from our customers and what we have learned from them
over the years  in order to create a garden which is a place to relax, a
haven for wildlife and offers a mix of colourful planting using plants that are
proven to do well. 

Back in my own garden there
is so much to enjoy in July. The roses are in bloom, bedding plants are
flowering their socks off and there are soft fruits and salad crops to be
harvested. For the gardener it is all about looking at the weather (nothing new
there) in order to keep on top of watering. Flowering and fruiting demands
energy, so feeding and dead heading are also the orders of the day together
with a spot of weed control to curb the enthusiasm of these vigorous imposters.

Here are a few more
suggestions for gardening in July.

Flower Borders and
containers:

•Water pots and hanging
baskets every day and feed once a week.

•Dead head faded flowers of
bedding plants and roses to encourage repeat flowering.

•Cut down stems of perennials
that have already finished flowering by half, e.g. Lupins and Delphiniums, and
they may give you a second flush of flowers.  Feed after cutting back.

•Take semi hard cuttings of
many shrubs such as Camellia, Ceanothus, Cistus, Potentilla and Viburnum.

.•Tie in the young shoots of
Dahlias.

Fruit and Vegetables

•Tomatoes grown in the
greenhouse may start fruiting. Keep the plants supported, regularly remove side
shoots and feed.

•Continue to sow salad crops
outside.

•Continue to harvest herbs to
dry or to freeze.

•Harvest Blackcurrants,
Strawberries and Raspberries.

•Trim
trained fruit trees, e.g. cordons, espaliers and fans of unwanted shoots

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