24 August, 2019

June 2011

Jonathan Piercy (AGW 2011)

Jonathan’s Tips

This Spring we have enjoyed the white flowers of the Hackers’ lilac tree from our front sitting room window and the Coopers pink lilac from our rear window.

If you feel that your lilac needs reducing in height because its getting too large, June is a good month to carry out the work.

If you prune very hard you will sacrifice flowers next year but the show the following will be well worth the wait.

Keep all newly planted plants well watered.


Plant out bedding plants, courgettes, kidney and runner beans.

Tie in new canes of soft fruit.

Hang up codling moth traps in your apple trees.

Cover carrots with fleece to prevent carrot fly.

Sow biennials for planting out in the autumn.

Feed lawns with a high nitrogen feed if it rains.

Jonathan Piercy

Peter’s advice


Dahlias make terrific border plants, although a stout cane to support each plant is always a good idea because of the size of the blooms. They are also superb as a cut flowers and can last up to two weeks in water.

There are so many varieties that you’ll do much better to choose your own. Anything that I tell you is going to be what I like and you might think that they’re awful.

If you’ve only got a small garden or just a patio, you’ll find that the smaller flowered varieties are better as the vigorous varieties can be the size of footballs and far too big for a small garden.  If you want big blooms for the Show Bench, remove the smaller flower buds alongside the big ones as soon as you see them.  This directs all the energy into the main buds. Another tip worth remembering is that you shouldn’t cut the blooms when the buds are still small. The flowers must be completely open before they are picked; immature flowers flag and unopened buds stay closed once they have been picked.

Peter Blackburne-Maze

Gladioli are also popular cut flowers which all too few people grow for themselves. They are very easy if you follow a few points.

1. Plant them in a sheltered spot with support to stop them blowing over.

2. The depth of planting should be double the diameter of the corm (e.g. a corm 2in. across should be planted with the top 4in. deep).

3. Try to avoid planting them in the same place two years running so that any soil borne diseases will not build up.

For something completely different, why not try anemones? Plant them now, preferably behind something that will grow to about 8in. tall. This will protect them from sun scorch, which causes the lower leaves to go yellow.

Peter Blackburne-Maze.




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