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PRUNE aga­pan­thus flower heads to pre­vent seed­ing through the gar­den and bush. TRIM whippy growth from wis­te­ria back to 30cm. WA­TER lemons, their mar­ble sized fruit need wa­ter to ma­ture. LOOK for baby snails. PRUNE laven­der into globes and dry flow­ers to use in pot­pourri. If leaves get sun­burned, don’t prune them off. The scorched leaves will pro­tect those be­neath from fur­ther scorch on the next blast­ing hot day. The plant may find it hard to re­cu­per­ate from two burns. FEED hun­gry hi­bis­cus, pas­sion­fruit, diplade­nia and to­ma­toes with a fer­tiliser high in potas­sium.

Feed palms, ferns and salad greens with sea­weed, worm juice or fish emul­sion.

Check nurs­ery cat­a­logues and or­der bulbs and peren­ni­als to plant out in au­tumn. The ear­lier you make you de­ci­sion the more likely your favourites won’t be sold out. STAKE dahlias as they grow.

To pick hy­drangeas that last, first wa­ter the plants well. Then cut and dunk the mop top flow­ers into a sink of cool wa­ter. Drip dry, then crush the end of the stem and ar­range in a vase.

Be vig­i­lant against rust on frangi­pani, canna and fuch­sia. Spray with Eco­fungi­cide, and bin any fallen in­fected leaves.

Sow seeds of next win­ter’s veg­eta­bles, such as cab­bage, broc­coli, kale, cauliflow­ers and let­tuce, into seedling trays. Keep in a shaded spot.

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