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Gardens Visits To Inspire You

Amazing Gardens Visits That Will Truly Inspire You

The summer should now be well underway with roses in full bloom and the days hot and sunny (we hope!). There are still lots of things to be getting on with in the garden or you could choose to take some time out of your own garden and visit other gardens and shows for some inspiration. By now the Chelsea Flower show will have gone by but there are still other flower shows that are well worth a visit. The Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) other shows such as Hampton Court, which is on between 5th and 10th July, and Tatton Park on between 20th-24th July are still great to visit for ideas and to pick up new varieties of plants. I’ll be at Tatton Park this year with a small show garden so come and say hello.

The RHS gardens are lovely at any time of the year and I have visited Harlow Carr, Wisley and Rosemoor in the last couple of years. All three are fabulous to visit.

Closer to home there are gardens such as Coton Manor Gardens in Northamptonshire with its fabulous borders, rose garden and wildflower meadow.

Barnsdale Gardens near Rutland Water has an array of gardens for you take ideas from and you could pop to Burghley House to see their water garden if you want to see something different.

National Trust gardens are fabulous – Calke Abbey in South Derbyshire, Packwood House, Baddesley Clinton and Hidcote to name a few.

Things to do in the garden in July

  • Regular jobs throughout the summer include, hoeing the borders to keep down weeds, cutting lawns weekly and watering containers and hanging baskets.
  • Keep your greenhouse well ventilated, open the doors and windows -get an automatic vent for your windows as this saves time and safeguards you forgetting.
  • Give your plants a liquid feed weekly as this will give them a boost.
  • Tie your climbers onto their frames as they grow.
  • Stake taller perennials such as delphiniums.
  • Deadhead roses, perennial flowers and cut back spring flowering perennials so they can form a new clump.
  • Cover your fruit and vegetables with netting to stop birds from pinching the fruits of your labour.
  • Continue to sow vegetables and salads such as carrots, lettuce leaves and radishes little and often to ensure a continuous supply into the autumn.

Plants that are looking their best this month are roses, early flowering perennials such as delphiniums, geraniums, lupins and salvias.

If you need any help with planting or designing your garden please contact me on 07739 153516.


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