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Extracts from Articles by the late, horticulturalist, Mrs F. Hartley who so kindly and freely shared her knowledge online

have to be left, can be stood on it. Of course the pots should be well watered first, and if the bath is not suitable and the kitchen sink is not in full sun, you can use that instead.

Now is the time to trim conifers and tidy them up. Winter and spring flowering shrubs should have all been trimmed by now, but Spring flowering perennials that have finished flowering can be lifted JULY and divided. The whole clump should be The months pass by so quickly we shall uprooted and split with the old central be seeing Christmas cards and crackers piece discarded on the compost heap. When replanting the new young pieces in the shops soon, but we have a Sumthey should be well watered to give them mer where we could laze in the garden a start and not forgotten if we have a dry and listen to the birds and bees. spell. Hostas are better divided earlier in If you have tomatoes in the greenhouse the Spring and things like Polyanths in it is wise to give the canes a gentle shake the autumn, but things like Lupins and each day to distribute the pollen when Red Hot Pokers (Kniphofia) should be there doesn’t seem to be many bees finishing flowering about now. about. Another little reminder for you is it’s a good idea to start giving tomatoes a weekly feed with a high potash fertilizer such as Tomorite when the young fruit are like small marbles. If you are going on holiday and cannot get a friend to do any necessary watering for you, you can get drip hoses to connect to the tap to water tomatoes etc in the greenhouse. Some seep hoses as they also called can be bought to fit on water tubs rather than the tap. Or another idea is to put a large tub of water with a piece of very thick string or even rope (not Nylon) dangling with one end in the tub and the other end trailed through the soil where the tomatoes are. This is not ideal but will help. Also you should shade the greenhouse and make sure there is plenty of ventilation to keep the temperature down, but ensure that the windows are secure in case the wind gets up while you are away. If you place a really wet, dripping, thick towel or small blanket in the bath with a small amount of water in the bottom as well, house plants that

Kniphofia also called tritoma, red hot poker, torch lily, or poker plant, is a genus of perennial flowering plants in the family Asphodelaceae. It is native to Africa. Herbaceous species and hybrids have narrow, grass-like leaves 10– 100 cm long, while evergreen species have broader, strap-shaped foliage up to 1.5 m long. All plants produce spikes of upright, brightly coloured flowers well above the foliage, in shades of red, orange and yellow, often bicoloured. 18

RBW Online Issue 544  

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RBW Online Issue 544  

Poetry, blogs, Dickensian Project and much more

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