Tales from the Walled Garden

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 July Jobs

We’re starting to think that summer has passed us by. Whilst the gardens are enjoying the regular watering they also need a good period of bright and warm sunshine. 

Not only does it keep our visitors and us happy, but also the flowerbeds show their appreciation by exploding into colour.

However, whatever the weather, we’re out in the gardens caring, pruning and encouraging growth across the flowerbeds tubs and borders.

 Here are some of our jobs and tips to keep the garden looking beautiful through July:

 Dead heading

It can be a big job when you’ve had blooms and blooms but there are many benefits of deadheading all the flowers. It not only stops the plant going into seed but most perennials, when cut back will produce a stronger growth with new flowers. Repeat flowering roses will provide a stunning display if old flower heads are removed.

Annuals in containers and baskets will go on flowering forever if old flower heads are removed. With Floribundas, if you cut them back to a leaf they will benefit from more growth.

 Divide bearded iris

If you have the striking bearded iris in your garden, these need to be divided every 3 to 5 years to ensure good healthy plants and colourful blooms. To do this, take a large fork and lift the mat of the rhizome. Break the rhizome into individual plants, but the foliage to approximately 6 inches and then replant keeping the rhizome on top of the soil. Be careful not to plant too deeply as they will not flower. Bearded Iris prefer a hot sunny border with free drainage.

 Cutting wisteria

July is a good time to prune wisteria. Not only does it keep the plant tidy but it encourages fresh blooms. As a guide, cut back to five or size buds off the main branch.

 Geraniums

Geraniums can be cut right back to the ground to encourage repeat flowering and compact growth. 

Remember – Don’t assume that because it has rained that the garden isn’t thirsty!  Baskets, tubs and containers require daily watering and make sure the soil is watered and not the foliage.

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