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News From the Garden

Summer is almost here and our gardens are a mass of colour as the roses and other perennials come into bloom. We've been blessed with some fabulous weather for our open gardens, and the jubilee celebrations.

A new date for your diaries is the 11th June when we have an informal visit to the open day at Thorncroft Clematis and the Ashton Underhill open gardens. Our next talk will be on 15th June on How to Show with judge Margaret Walters who will inspire us all to show off the blooms and produce from our gardens to best effect.

The annual show schedule is now available, have a look here

The RHS top 10 jobs for the month:

  1. Position summer hanging baskets and containers outside

  2. Be water-wise, especially in drought-affected areas

  3. Pinch out sideshoots on tomatoes

  4. Harvest lettuce, radish, other salads and early potatoes

  5. Hoe borders regularly to keep down weeds

  6. Mow lawns at least once a week – but consider leaving some areas uncut for wildlife

  7. Plant out summer bedding

  8. Stake tall or floppy plants

  9. Prune many spring-flowering shrubs

  10. Shade greenhouses to keep them cool and prevent scorch

Our Facebook group is a friendly place for questions about bugs, plant identification and local information. You can find us by looking for Mickleton Gardening Club.

Happy Gardening!