2019

SOME LIKE IT HOT...
 
It was probably inevitable that having installed a £70m roof on Wimbledon’s No 1 court, the weather would turn uncharacteristically fine and scarcely a drop of rain would fall during the whole famous fortnight!

Since then there’s been precious little in the way of wet, apart from the odd mini-deluge in some epic thunder and lightning storms; as a result, with July drawn to an almost ludicrously hot close, many of our poor old gardens are parched, wilting, brown in places (rather like some of us!) and in dire need of some watery TLC...
SOFT FRUIT, VEGETABLES AND MORE

There’s almost nothing to beat the joy of picking raspberries warm from the sun, dolloping on the cream and tucking in….or stripping delicate fronds of redcurrants to make jewel-bright jelly…or contemplating the far-from slimming prospect of proper gooseberry fool (custard and cream obligatory in our book). For foodies, August gardens are heaven. Soft fruit, beans of all shapes and sizes, tiny courgettes, delicate salads and herbs, beetroot, carrots (surely the vegetable that tastes most different when home grown) - the list is mouthwatering and endless.

‘MIND THE GAP’

Whilst the happy appearance of spring flowering bulbs may seem light years away, now’s a great time to spot any gaps in your planting scheme. Planning ahead is key to a great display next year, so mark the position with a labelled bamboo cane (clever idea Julian) and pre-order your spring flowering bulbs (or any other garden gems you fancy) for a beguiling sense of organisation…it’s a feeling worth its weight in gold!
Sitting back, relaxing, enjoying the fruits of your labours and admiring your beautiful garden… 
 

We love the idea of getting ahead of the game and starting to plant spring bulbs (narcissi, daffodils, alliums, crocuses (or is it crocii?) and the delightful tiny blue-flowered scilla – best to leave tulips until later), sowing hardy annuals such as Californian poppies, perennials and biennials such as aquilegias and foxgloves, planting leeks, oriental and winter salads and perpetual spinach and chard for winter and spring. We’re also mad enough to try planting new potatoes for Christmas – it’s a bit of a gamble but a real coup if it works! 

 

A quick word about August lawns…raise the blades on your mower to avoid a dehydrating short back and sides and, if you can bear it, leave grass clippings on the lawn as a mulch to help retain moisture.

July’s final fiery flourish was an ‘ignore at your peril’ call to arms for hoses, watering cans and automatic systems. In hot conditions containers, hanging baskets and greenhouses require daily attention, whilst newly-planted trees and plants are – as ever - especially needy. Tomatoes are particularly susceptible to erratic watering – keep the soil consistently moist to avoid the tragedy of blossom-end rot.

Whilst holidays are great fun, they’re potentially fatal for your garden - hopefully kind neighbours and friends will hold the fort and water your precious plants whilst you’re away!
Give your hedges a final trim before they stop growing, support heavily-laden fruit trees and cut back raspberry canes once they’ve finished fruiting. Prune rambling roses, wisteria, trained apples and pears and the stems of fan-trained plums, cherries, apricots, peaches and nectarines that have borne fruit – the new lateral shoots will bear fruit next year. Pick courgettes regularly before they turn into monsters – the same goes for French and runner beans.
And of course, weed, feed, mulch and deadhead. For more super garden jobs, please click on the link!
 
FLOWER SHOWS...

There are shows and open gardens all over the country in August – our highlights include the sensational Chilli Fiesta at West Dean, Chichester and the RHS Rosemoor Garden Show, as well as shows in Taunton, Shrewsbury, Southport and Sevenoaks. So much to do…so little time!
 
My top 8 plants to attract bees and other pollinators
Your garden is home to a huge range of insects and other living creatures and they all play a really important role in pollinating our plants.

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Formal gardens and your help and suggestions for their kitchen garden
I visited a friend’s house and gardens a few weekends ago for his birthday lunch and was taken on a tour of the gardens.

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"What a lovely thing a rose is"
So said Arthur Conan Doyle, author of more than 50 Sherlock Holmes mysteries and true devotee of the beauty of roses. This year the roses have been spectacular.

I’m sure all of you will have seen and nurtured some fantastic roses, many still at their best.

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We deliver more than 2,500 varieties of plants direct to your door – garden and fruit trees, bulbs, climbers, roses, lavender, soft fruit, flowers, herbs and accessories. Have a look online and leave the rest to us – we look forward to hearing from you, and in the meantime enjoy your garden and (hopefully!) some lovely weather.  
 
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