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Summer Tasks

  1. Bullet   June is a busy month when we tidy up after the flowers and new foliage growth of spring and prepare for the various flower displays of summer. 

  2. Bullet    Containers of begonias are grouped amongst the foliage plants to give a bold mass of single coloured flowers.

  3. Bullet    In  early June pieris plants are lightly pruned and Photina ‘Red Robin’ and aucubas are heavily pruned to encourage bright  new foliage growth to reappear by late July.

  4. Bullet    We neaten the shapes of the Japanese acers and many other foliage plants, such as the golden hollies, by lightly pruning any untidy new growth. 

  5. Bullet    In early summer electric clippers are used to cut yew hedges and yew topiary and tidy excessive feathery growth of certain conifers so that by early August the glow of new foliage growth will have returned.

  6. Bullet    We regularly deadhead lilies, cosmos and other flowers after blooming.

  7. Bullet    Lily plants need to be checked regularly for bright red lily beetles - especially on sunny days in summer!

  8. Bullet    The lower side shoots are removed from new culms of bamboos.

  9. Bullet    The lawn is cut weekly and a liquid lawn feed applied once a month.

  10. Bullet    Plants are watered only when they really need it and mostly these are in hanging baskets or tiered baskets. 

  11. Bullet    Especially in summer, we periodically check the greenhouse gutters to ensure collection of rainwater into our water butts.