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Complete the autumn planting of perennials, shrubs, deciduous trees and spring bulbs in the garden. The winds can be very strong on the coast line so give extra care to the ties on trees and shrubs to avoid damage. Make sure the ties are not cutting through the plants as they grow, also hard or sharp ties can act like saws in the wind and cut into the trunks, stems and branches. Go into your garden this month and examine all your climbers, you may be surprised at how many wires are already cutting in, replace these immediately, ties must be loosened or replaced as the plant grows to avoid strangulation. If you purchase a plant with plastic strips held firmly to a cane by metal staples, remove both the cane and

strips as soon as planted, insert a new stake with ties, the cane should be pushed into the ground for 30 centimetres. To add interest to rockeries, dry walls or border edges consider planting succulents. Most of these are drought resistant, easy to propagate, have interesting long lasting flowers and need little care. AEONIUM ARBOREUM (Aeonium) - A branching evergreen perennial succulent which is extremely drought tolerant with bright green rosettes of leaves carried on the end of the stems. This is stunning in springtime with its domes of yellow star-shaped flowers, especially grown in masses. The rosettes shrink back during the summer months when dormant but regain their size with the first rains. This is an easy plant to grow which can be planted in full sun or part shade. Happy Gardening....

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The Sentinella Malaga: November '09  

The Sentinella Malaga is a free publication in Spain, Malaga province, serving the English speaking expat community. Its light-hearted appro...

The Sentinella Malaga: November '09  

The Sentinella Malaga is a free publication in Spain, Malaga province, serving the English speaking expat community. Its light-hearted appro...

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