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Sunday 13th July

Holiday are Upon Us! -------- But plants do not have holidays!!!
As you are about to head off for the sun and you get your tickets in a wallet that has a list of things to remember……. You know………cancel milk, turn off gas, ………. And I bet you not one says………… get someone to look after your plants!!
I never want to go away in the summer because all year I look after my plants, watering and feeding them only to loose some whilst on holiday!
You can ask a neighbour to look after your plants but even if they are fellow gardeners they need to come at least every other day as plants can dry out.
If you have plants in pots move these to a shady part of the garden and keep them close together to stop them drying out.
Plants in greenhouses need looking at every day, opening up the glasshouse in the morning and closing at night.
Plants in the house can be gathered together out of sunny windowsills. If you line the bath with an old towel, putting the plug in and filling with a little water acting as a pool for the towel to draw this water up like a wick. Water houseplants thoroughly then place plant pots on the towel and plants will suck up water as they need it.
Outside do not be in a rush to scalp the lawn……………….. just cut it as near to your departure time as possible.
And finally …………… just hope those left behind get soaked (plants that is !!)……….and that you get fine dry conditions!
Plant of the Week
Eucomis bicolor (Pineapple Lily)
Like full sun, is tender, can stand almost any soil type.
Grows 50cm tall and 30cm wide.
Sow seeds September to May
Divide March to May.
Easy to grow in pots. Keep dry in winter and repot in spring.
To see photos of plant of the week just click the link below:-
Happy Gardening

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