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EXPERTS TIPS FOR JULY
It is high summer and time to relax and enjoy the garden, but in the cool of the evening it is very relaxing to walk round and dead-head the flowers in your hanging baskets and patio pots. Make sure these have plenty of water during hot, dry spells, as they can dry out very quickly. If you find that your hanging basket has really dried out and plants are suffering very badly, it is worth finding a container large enough to submerge the basket in water to the top of the compost. Leave for a few minutes, so that the compost has a thorough soaking, then hang up to drain any excess water. Provided the plants were just droopy and the leaves had not turned crispy, the plants should revive.
Unusual patio plants such as Abutilon Megapotanicum and Thunbergia
grandiflora, with its lavender-blue trumpet flowers are growing strongly
now, and give a Mediterranean feel to the patio. The exotic looking Cestrum with
its flame coloured, waxy looking flowers also make an unusual patio pot, these
plants are not fully hardy and will need to be in a frost-free green-house over
winter. Although these plants are quite unusual they are all widely available
in the horticultural department of your local supermarket.
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