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Gardening

Month by Month

A regular column by Lauren Wall of Hollybeck Nurseries

The Sun Has Got His Hat On!

Summer is in full swing, and it has bought with it some wonderful spells of hot, sunny weather. Let’s make the most of it and enjoy our gardens.

Here are our top tips on what to be doing in your garden this month;

• Check clematis for signs of wilt. If detected, cut back the affected area and ensure the roots are well shaded

• Move conservatory plants outside, you can put Citrus plants outside now too.

• Keep your lawn looking lush by feeding with an after cut tonic or summer feed

• When the weather is dry, paint fences and garden furniture to preserve them and keep them looking fresh

• Treat apple scab if detected

• Pick courgettes now

• Deadhead summer bulbs and bedding now to ensure they continue to flower well

• Remove rose and tree suckers

• Ensure newly planted trees and shrubs do not dry out

• Water regularly to ensure all plants to do not dry out

• Sow autumn and winter salads, beetroot, carrot and spring cabbage

• Stake and support top heavy perennials such as foxgloves, Peonies and Lupins to prevent stem breakage and keep them looking their best

• Give your garden a feed with a good general purpose liquid feed, this will give your plants a boost of nutrients to prolong flowering and keep them looking healthy for longer

It is important during hot spells to keep on top of watering. In high temperatures, plants can soon dry out and die. Pots and hanging baskets will dry out much quicker than borders so check these regularly.

Plant of the Month

A new and exciting plant to be looking out for this month is Dahlia ‘Can Can’. A delightful variety with an interesting combination of flower colour. Ruffles of apricot and violet adorn this stunning Dahlia, perfect for a sunny border or pot. Also, ideal for cutting.

“The glory of gardening; hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.” - Alfred Austin.

These words are very true, and there is no greater time of year to enjoy your garden and see the rewards of your hard work.

July is a popular month to go away on holiday. This is great, until you return to find some of your plants dying from lack of water.


JULY

What’s Happening at Hollybeck?

The sun is shining and it is time to be out enjoying your garden. We have an extensive range of perennials to give you long lasting colour. Choose from Echinacea, Rudbeckia, Dahlia and much more!

Hollybeck Summer Food and Craft Fair-Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July

Celebrating and championing the amazing array of food and crafts available in our area. Browse our selection of stalls including delicious cakes, beautiful jewellery and delightful handmade trinkets to name but a few. Stalls will be open from 10.00am - 4.00pm both Saturday and Sunday. Put this date in your diary!

Book your place now on our 'Long Lasting Colour' talk on Thursday 25th August at 4.00pm. Learn about the many different plants to grow in your garden to give your neighbours 'garden envy'. Booking is essential, £3.50 per person.

T 01159655450

E info@hollybeck.co.uk

Visit www.hollybeck.co.uk

Find us halfway between Oxton and Southwell NG250RW

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Do not worry, you can add some water saving gel to your compost (ideally before planting) this will help retain moisture in between watering.

If you have houseplants that will require water whilst you are away, invest in some capillary matting. Simply fill your sink with water and place the matting on the draining board, ensuring the bottom of the matting is in the water. This will keep the matting moist. Sit your houseplants on the matting and they will take up the moisture as and when it is needed.

This is the best time of year to enjoy your garden, so what are you waiting for.........Get gardening today!

Dahlia ‘Can Can’