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Weekend work: Time to send indoor plants outside for a holiday



* Many indoor plants can now be sent outside for a holiday which, if you set them in a place away from upsetting winds, they seem to find invigorating. Ivies benefit particularly from an outdoor summer season. So do begonias.

* Cut out some of the old branches of shrubs such as Rubus tridel 'Benenden' which has now finished flowering. I generally cut out as many branches as there are new strong shoots coming up from the base. If there are none, cut out some branches anyway. It will encourage new growth to form.


* As part of a programme, Seeding the City, garden designer Dan Pearson and architect Thomas Heatherwick are talking about London's first garden bridge, which will cross the Thames from Temple Underground station over to the South Bank. The talk is on Thursday (7pm) at Siobhan Davies Studios, 85 St George's Rd, London SE1. Tickets £10. For more information and to book, go to siobhandavies.com