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GARDENING IN JULY 2008
Flowers to be seen at their best this month include; Penstemon, Roses, Lilies, Agapanthus, Foxgloves and Rudbeckia (pictured above). The summer garden is at its peak and full of colour, Daylilies are full of summer sunshine and are featured in this month’s Plant Profile.
Jobs for this month
Propagate azaleas and summer jasmine by laying strong shoots that are close to the ground and pressing them into the soil (use a peg to hold in place), they should root by autumn. Use a liquid feed on hanging baskets and containers. If you’re going away on holiday move pots into the shade, water well and use a mulch of pebbles or bark to retain the moisture.
In your pond remove yellow waterlily leaves and deadhead maginal and bog plants. Top up water level if required. In the vegetable garden thin crops sown earlier such as beetroot, radishes, lettuces and spring onions to encourage a better crop. Start potatoes in containers for a crop at Christmas.
Common pests and problems
Water the plants directly and not the soil around them, apply water early morning or early evening and protect plants from wind which dries them out quicker. Prioritise your watering to containers and newly planted specimens. Dig a trench around newly planted shrubs and trees to encourage the water to get down to the roots.
Place a plastic bag (with holes for drainage) inside containers before planting up and soak terracotta pots in water before using them. Use a watering can rather than a hose and fill it with grey water from the bath. Be careful of using greasy washing up water. Also don’t store grey water as bacteria will multiply. Sink plastic bottles into the ground close to the roots to act as reservoirs. First drill holes into the side and top up every few days.
Plant Profile – Daylily
Daylilies were introduced into Europe in the 16th Century from their native China. There are 26 species recorded varying in height from 25cm to 1.8m and the flowers range from yellow through to orange and red and are big, bright and bold and can be bi-coloured.
Each flower opens in the morning and will fade at the end of the day, however blooms are replaced over and over and the flowering period lasts weeks. Although some cultivars will stay open for at least 16 hours.
Plants thrive in a sunny spot and are drought tolerant; although they will benefit from a good soaking in dry spells every now and again. Some will retain their green foliage in Winter, whilst others will partially die back and re-emerge in the Spring. Large clumps can be divided in Spring or Autumn.
Popular varieties include; the canary yellow Stella D’Oro, American Revolution (deep red), Bright Spangles (orange) Strutters Ball (deep mauve with yellow eye), Joan Senior (cream) and Summer Wine (see photograph)
Places to go / Things to do in Cumbria
Sunday 6 July 11am – 5pm Leece Village Gardens LA12 0QP 2m East of Barrow-in-Furness. There are 8 gardens open and maps are given to all visitors.
Saturday 12 July 12pm – 5 pm The Grange Castleton, LA6 2LD 2m NE of Kirkby Lonsdale. Six and a half acre garden with woodland, formal borders and informal pond.
Sunday 20 July 11am – 5pm Pear Tree Cottage Dalton, Burton-in-Kendal LA6 1NN www.peartreecottagecumbria.co.uk
Sunday 27 July 11am – 5pm Sprint Mill Burneside LA8 9AQ 2m N of Kendal. 5 acre organic garden, riverside setting combining the wild and natural.
Holker Hall and Gardens Cark-in-Cartmel LA11 7PL www.holker-hall.co.uk
Muncaster Castle Garden Ravenglass CA18 1RQ www.muncaster.co.uk
RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park 23 – 27 July 2008
The August column will include Garden Safety and Plants that are Poisonous.
© Pam Pickard 22/6/08
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