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More tips from Rod Hill

Corfe Mullen Gardening Club  May / June 2015

Our spring weather has been brilliant so far with Rhododendrons and Azalea's coming into flower giving lovely colour. I notice some of our daffodils are going over and I will need to give them a feed to restore their energy for next year.

My winter heathers are in need of a hair cut to keep them in shape and not to get leggy.

One of my camellias have been growing over the path, so I am going to cut out the over hanging branches when the flowers have gone over. I shall keep an eye for any sooty mould on the leaves and clean off appropriately. It is important to make sure they do not go dry in June when they begin to form next years buds.

The end of May is a good time to feed Agapanthus with a high potash feed, such as Tomerite and they do like the sun.

Beginning of June is a good time to rejuvenate an old privet hedge either by cutting it in half or lowering the height.

June is a good time to prune Choisya's after their first flush of flowers and they will reward you again.

Plant labels are great, but over a period of time will go brittle and disintegrate. So, because I am getting older, more senior and more senile I have to write down names in my book or make new labels and not rely on memory.

Last year I spent a lot of time on my lawns, but this year I only have to deal with some perennial weeds that have come up.

Don't be a slave to your garden, go out enjoy it and share it.

From Rodders, the retired gardener.

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