DAHLIAS ARE anxious to zoom into flower, but they should be disbudded until a good strong framework of leaf and stem has had a chance to build up.
GREENHOUSE PLANTS such as begonia, heliotrope and plumbago, can now be grown from stem cuttings.
CHECK CORDON tomatoes regularly to nip out side shoots growing in the axils between leaf and stem. Tie in the main stem frequently to its supporting cane. Watch out for new stems sprouting from the base of the plant: sometimes they will grow almost as tall as the proper stem before you notice them. Watch out also for blight which can spread from potatoes to tomatoes (it has just hit my bed of "Gardener's Delight") and spray with a fungicide such as Benlate.
CUT DOWN rampant self-seeders such as Jacob's ladder and alchemilla, which is just beginning to look decidedly second-hand. New mounds of leaves will soon cover up the savage holes.
CUT DOWN dead spires of ligularia and campanula. Where there is a late- flowering clematis at hand (the viticellas are ideal), tweak a few strands over the foliage of cut-down herbaceous plants to provide new splashes of colour.Reuse content