Amateur Gardening 31-Jul-2021

Every week, Amateur Gardening is the first choice for both beginners and knowledgeable gardeners looking for advice and easy-to-follow practical features on growing flowers, trees, shrubs as well as fruit and vegetables. Be inspired, by our beautifully illustrated features covering plant and flower groups, both home grown and exotic, and take a sneak peek into some of the most beautiful private gardens around the country. Plus, every week we feature expert opinion and tips from some of gardening’s most influential exponents including Toby Buckland, Bob Flowerdew, Anne Swithinbank, Peter Seabrook and Jo Whittingham.

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1 min.
editor’s note

“Well done to the RHS for putting on a great event at Hampton Court, despite restrictions (see report on page 7). It was the first major show since the original lockdown in spring 2020 and a great relief to be almost back to normal. The only shame for me was what I can best describe as the ‘annual eyesore’. Do you remember the show garden of 2019 with rubble and coffins? Well, now we have a wrecked aeroplane fuselage to remind us that we need to be more environmentally aware. Does the message always have to be so ugly? And is this what visitors want to see at a garden show?”…

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4 min.
keep the garden ticking over

WE are at that point in the year when we enter a holding pattern, helping the garden to keep ticking over smoothly by carrying out a selection of simple tasks in rotation so that things stay looking their best. It isn’t an ideal planting time as the ground is too hard and dry, but you can still fill pots with fresh plants and add new ones to replace those that have turned up their toes or succumbed to pests and diseases. Weeds will continue growing even in the driest months, so keep them in check every time you are out in the garden. Run a hoe over the soil to cut off seedlings and pull out large weeds as soon as you see them. The same applies to pests, which can quickly colonise…

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1 min.
to feed or not to feed…

WHILE watering remains a constant necessity for most plants in summer, feeding is not always essential as we draw closer to autumn. Indeed, it can be dangerous for plants to be fed much beyond the end of July. This is because the extra nutrients can spur plants into growth so they throw out lots of new shoots that don’t have time to harden before the arrival of the colder weather. The same applies to your lawn. Stop using summer feeds, as the nitrogen they contain will cause fresh growth that can be damaged in colder autumn weather. So while annual plants, such as bedding, and hungry crop plants that will be removed and composted once they have fruited, will thank you for feeding them, established perennials will be able to secure enough goodness…

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3 min.
hampton court festival report

THIS year’s Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival was a great success, thanks to the tireless work of the RHS and its volunteers, writes Garry Coward-Williams. It was the first RHS show since lockdown 17 months ago, and the RHS should be applauded for having the belief and commitment to go ahead. This is especially so given the fact that the government put back the change to Step 4 restrictions by four weeks to 19 July, with the show planned to open on 6 July. Restrictions weren’t a problem Despite concerns over restrictions like social distancing, mask wearing in the marquees and visitors having to prove they had taken the rapid antigen Covid test, the event was very much back to normal. It was a delight to see so many people enjoying the displays…

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2 min.
dividing bearded irises

BEARDED irises are some of the most spectacular flowers to grace an early summer garden. Reaching their peak in late May and through June, their sword-like leaves and flamboyant, ruffled flowers make a statement wherever they grow. Often seen in shades of purple and lilacs, bearded irises (Iris germanica) also produce flowers in yellow and assorted shades of russet, orange, white, salmon and blue. But if their clumps are not divided every few years, five at the most, they will run out of steam and flowering will falter. Divide their clumps around six weeks after they have finished flowering and been deadheaded, as this will give the replanted sections time to put on growth and get their roots established for future flowering before they enter their winter dormancy. Replant the divisions in sunny,…

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2 min.
summer pond management

IT’S high summer and garden ponds are busy places, both in and out of the water. Our little wildlife pond is rippling with life – beetles and water boatmen fighting for territories, damselflies mating and laying eggs, birds swooping down to drink. We may not have frogs yet, but I can happily lose hours watching everything else going about its business! In ponds up and down the country, marginal plants and weeds, along with aquatic plants of all varieties, are growing fast. At the same time, water is evaporating and the warm weather may be causing the rapid growth of green algae and blanketweed. This is further exacerbated by nutrients given off by rotting plant matter, leftover fish food and fish faeces, which is why we need to cut back dead and dying…

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