Monthly Gardening Tips - August 2022

I’m sure we all learnt a few gardening lessons during July's heatwave. Like don't trim evergreens back into hard wood at this time of year lest the cut ends dessicate before they have a chance to re-grow; don't splash water around with the sun out as leaves become easily scorched; certainly don’t put your houseplants out in direct sunlight lest their leaves get scorched. As for lawncare you can forget it for now although some scarifying to de-thatch might be useful. Let nature do the rest. Keep adding to your compost heap and giving a good soak now and again to encourage the rotting process. We look forward to your visit to our 76th Flower and Produce Show on Kew Green on Bank Holiday Saturday 27th August. Show us your blooms and veggies!

Despite recent hot, dry weather there is a lot of seasonal colour around:

Annual Cosmos. Keep seeds of the best flowers and sow next MarchAnnual Cosmos
Citrus- Orange and lemon. Feed in summer as they flower. Hand pollinate to assist fruit formation.citrus
Perovskia atriplicifolia. Russian Sage. Behind Phlox paniculata. Trim in autumnPerovskia atriplicifolia
Hydrangea arborescens ‘Grandiflora.'Hydrangea arborescens ‘Grandiflora.'
Hibiscus syriacus. Thin or reduce in winter. Hibiscus syriacus
Morning Glory. Ipomoea tricolor ‘Heavenly blue’ Leave after flowering and collect seeds. Indeed a heavenly annual.Ipomoea tricolor ‘Heavenly blue’
God bless the Queen! True red, white and blue Petunias in a window box, with mixed trailing lobelias and ivies.window box
Rose ‘Sparkle'Rose ‘Sparkle'

Richard Ward