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More tips from Rod Hill

Corfe Mullen Gardening Club  September/October 2015

These past weeks have seen an abundance of flowers on the Buddleia’s, which have attracted many bee’s into the garden. I notice that many of the blooms are going over and turning brown so I will need to prune them down to the next pair of leaves and encourage more flowers and prolong the flowering season.

Again for the sake of the bee’s I have not yet pruned the lavenders. I will have to give them a short back and sides and plenty off the top over the next couple of weeks just to keep them in shape.

This is the time to give consideration to bulbs. What colour scheme could I do for next year? What would the wife like to see as she looks out of the kitchen window?  Maybe this next year I could go for just one colour of Daffodils, Hyacinths’ and tulips intermingled with a mixture of coloured crocuses.

As a rule of thumb, bulbs to be planted three time their own length, with tulips planted the deepest as they come into their own after the daffodils are up and blooming.

There is still time to prune climbing and rambling roses and any shrub that is looking leggy and out of shape.

Herbaceous perennials can be divided over the next few weeks or left to early spring.

 I like to leave the foxgloves and Hollyhocks so that they drop their seed for next year and give me a great show.

If you have Canna lilies in the garden make sure they have the right protection from frosts. A few years ago I lost all of mine through a cold winter, even though they were well buried in mulch. I am planning to buy some more, but this time I will grow them in pots so that they can be taken into the greenhouse over winter.

Remember a  good gardener never gives up when things go wrong. He just puts his hand in his pocket and goes and buy some more plants.

From Rodders,   the retired gardener.

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