Our nurseries are ablaze with colour even though officially it is not yet spring. These vibrant swathes of colour are definitely contributing to this. Colour influences our emotions. “GROW” the emotions you want to feel in YOUR garden!
The weather is cool now but before you know it, we will be perspiring in the heat! Tackle as many of the following tasks before it becomes too hot!
- Only once the last frost has passed and your plants have begun to shoot, can remove the dead bits. Trim back about 1/3 of your straggly plants to give them a better shape. Cut back your hydrangeas severely and start feeding with 3:1:5 every 4 to 5 weeks.
- To keep your annuals looking good, remove the dying flowers. The more you remove the dead blooms at this stage, the more your plants will flower. Continue to fertilize on a weekly basis with a liquid fertilizer e.g. Multisol K or Multifeed Flowergro or Vigorosa and water regularly, preferably early in the morning!
- If you haven’t pruned your roses try to do so before the middle of August and then feed with Vigorosa, and even if you have pruned, don’t forget to fertilizer to ensure beautiful blooms in October.
- Plant any of the following bedding plants – begonia, celosia, cleome, cosmos, dahlia (bedding), dianthus, impatiens, lobelia, marigold, pansy, petunia, vinca.
- Don’t forget your bulbs and tubers – amaryllis, arum, tuberous begonia, caladium, canna, dahlia, gladioli, liatris, lilium, nerine, zephryanthes. Feed your daffodils and bulbs that have finished flowering but don't remove the foliage yet.
Get ready to give your lawn TLC later this month. Remove the broad leaf weeds from your brown lawn, as well as all thick, matted, dry grass with a rake or broom and service your lawnmower so that your lawn is ready for our mid-month promotion starting on Friday 16th August:
- Perennials: Mulch around perennials. Divide and replant plants that need it in prepared beds. Feed and water well.
- Fertilizing: Feed all shrubs and trees when spring growth is starting. Water well.
- Apply Epsom salts to Brunsfelsia.
- Mulch and feed fuchsias.
- Apply acid compost as a mulch to acid loving plants.
- Increase the watering of your roses to twice a week.
- Fertilize and remove spent flowers regularly.
- Pick flowers of sweet peas and Iceland poppies 3 times weekly.
- Stake plants to protect them from the August winds.
- Growing your own veggies is trendy and eco-friendly!
- Plan your summer veggie garden and start soil preparations. Feed and mulch all your fruit-trees with compost and water well.
- Water your strawberry plants every 10 days while the weather is dry.
- Feed your citrus to strengthen them so that they can resist pests.
We have very good news. It has been more than 10 years since downy mildew attacked the Impatiens but trials have been carried out and we are pleased to announce that a new strain has been developed that is downy mildew free! So, our favourite plant is back – look for BEACON IMPATIENS in both our nurseries!