A Miscellany of Garden Wisdom: A Hybrid of Classic and by Isobel Carlson

By Isobel Carlson

You could now not have the fairway hands or the assets to construct the placing Gardens of Babylon however it continues to be attainable to create a blossoming haven on your personal again backyard. This sensible booklet publications you thru the mysteries of the seasons, with uncomplicated, easy-to-follow pointers on tips to make your backyard develop. conflict the insects and the slugs, and plant, prune and dig your strategy to own paradise.

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60 60 24/08/2005 16:31:07 Flower Power IT’S BETTER TO use plants in your garden that are native to your area or that have been imported from areas with similar climates and soil. They will be accustomed to your environment and will need less care to stay healthy and strong. BE WARNED – some flowers, including sweet peas, foxglove, lantana, lupines, iris, clematis, poinsettia, amaryllis and oleander, are poisonous so take extra care when handling them and keep your pets from chewing on them! BRIGHTEN UP A shady corner of your garden with the following plants that will grow well without much sunlight – monkshood, masterwort, Christmas rose, Virginian cowslip, bugle, columbine, bergenia, lungwort and wood-lily.

If the bulbs feel soft, chances are they are harbouring bulb fly lava. Don’t despair – a 60-second turn in the microwave will kill all the bugs, leaving you free to plant healthy bulbs. 50 50 24/08/2005 16:31:04 From the Beginning CHEER UP YOUR daffodils by mixing dry mustard with fertiliser when you plant the bulbs – they will turn an even brighter yellow! PLANT DAFFODIL BULBS before the end of October and tulips before the end of November. 51 51 24/08/2005 16:31:05 A Miscellany of Garden Wisdom CROCUSES LIKE SHADE so plant them in cool shady spots such as around tree bases or below hedges.

38 38 24/08/2005 16:31:02 Hanging Gardens PLANT LOVELY SCENTED plants in your window boxes so that the scent wafts inside. Recommended plants include double lilacs, which flower in May and June, and the butterfly bush which flowers from July to October and as an added bonus attracts butterflies! LAYER SOME GRAVEL around the base of the plants in your window box to prevent your windows from getting mucky when rain splashes onto the soil. BEAR IN MIND that wooden flower boxes provide better insulation for soil and plants than plastic or metal ones.

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