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Lavant Horticultural Society, Chichester

Lavant Horticultuiral Society
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A short selection of things to do in the garden at this time, also published each month in the Lavant News

June (to return to July, click on the Echinops to the right).

With many plants now in full growth, make sure they get enough moisture, particularly those newly planted out and plants in pots (even in wet weather the foliage may deflect rain away from the pot).

Prune flowering shrubs such as Deutzia, Kolkwitzia, Weigela and Philadelphus after they have finished

flowering. If this job is left too late, the new growth put on after pruning may not have sufficient ripening time to flower well next year.

Deadhead Oriental poppies. After flowering, cut them down to ground level to stimulate growth of fresh new foliage, and perhaps some new blooms. Mulching and feeding will help this new growth.

Twining climbers, such as honeysuckle and Clematis, need regular tying in and twining around their supports, as otherwise stems may flop and break.

Protect carrots and parsnips with a barrier of extremely fine woven plastic mesh, 21/2 ft (75 cm) high, e.g. 'Enviromesh'  - the carrot fly cannot fly any higher, but it will find any gap, however small.

If you want to grow your own spring bedding for next year, many, such as wallflowers and pansies need to be sown between May and July in order to flower next spring.

Thin pears, plums, peaches, nectarines and apricots to avoid ending up with lots of very small fruit - overcrowding can also encourage disease and overladen branches can break. Apples should be left until the end of the month, after the ‘June drop’, their natural phase of fruit shedding.

Vine weevil larvae become active this month and can seriously damage containerised plants. Tip out suspect plants and inspect the rootball for the creamy, orange-headed maggots, which tend to curl up into a ‘C’ shape. There are various chemical and biological controls available.

Look out for the bright red lily beetles, their black excrement covered grubs and orange-red eggs on the underside of leaves. Remove immediately by hand, otherwise they will quickly strip the foliage.

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July

Click below for

more comprehensive

advice for this month

from the RHS

Wildlife in the garden

The wildlife-friendly garden

Find out more from Sussex Wildlife Trust

Dead wood is good

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Gardening for butterflies

and moths. Click picture to find out more.

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information on plants good

for bees & pollinators.