JULY in the garden
1. Prune June-flowering shrubs such as Philadelphus and Weigela as they finish blooming. Also prune deciduous Magnolias if necessary.
2. Continue to tie in climbers and ramblers as they grow. Be careful as to not strangle delicate stems.
3. Use a sharp knife or secateurs to remove any suckers from trees and Roses.
4. Water in newly planted shrubs and trees this month as they may stress during the first year of planting if left too dry.
5. Cut back perennials like Geraniums and Delphiniums after the first flush of flower to encourage a second flowering.
6. Water your bedding plants and containers with a high potassium fertiliser like Tomorite in order to promote more bloomage. Regular dead heading is also important.
7. Autumn flowering bulbs like Amaryllis, Colchicum and Nerines can be planted now for a glorious autumn display.
8. Keep an eye out for scarlet beetles on your lilies. Lily beetle can strip a plant in days.
9. Keep the pump in your pond on during sultry nights as the oxygen levels are low in such conditions.
10. Raise the setting of your mower during prolonged hot spells to help prevent the lawn from drying out and becoming patchy.
Hot July brings cooling showers,
Apricots and gillyflowers."
- Sara Coleridge, Pretty Lessons in Verse