Weekend Work: Time to increase stocks of hybrid berries
Saturday 13 August 2011
What to do
Increase stocks of hybrid berries such as loganberry and tayberry by tip layering. Bury the tip of a shoot about 15cm (6in) down in the soil and firm the earth round it. By spring it should be rooted.
Pick and prune late-fruiting blackcurrants in one fell swoop by cutting back all the stems carrying berries to a strong new shoot. On old bushes or those which do not have much non-fruiting growth, cut out about a third of the branches entirely.
Cut back helianthemums. Delphiniums may give a second show if you cut down the old stems.
Take cuttings of Camellia japonica, using half-ripened side shoots. Root the cuttings in pots of sandy soil.
Propagate lavender now, too. Choose 8-10cm (3-4in) lengths of non-flowering shoots and stick them in a pot or a shady cold frame in sandy compost. Keep them well watered. Rooted plants can be set out in spring.
What to see
More than 1,500 knitters contributed to 'Blooming Marvellous', a knitted garden on show at the Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport, Dorset, until the end of August. Look for knitted slugs and snails, apples, butterflies, even a barbecue. On Bank Holiday Monday (from 12-2pm) you can join the Knit-a-Thon in the Arts Centre forecourt. For more info, see bridport-arts.com
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