Out­door diary July’s check­list

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Text by Carol Buck­nell. Il­lus­tra­tions by Pippa Fay.

+ Gar­dens are just as much about edit­ing as plant­ing – a shrub may grow wider than you planned or a tree might block out light. To move shrubs and trees, dig a wide cir­cle around the plant so you leave plenty of soil around the roots, and keep the root ball well wrapped un­til it’s ready to go back into the ground. + Once you’ve planted cineraria, you’ll al­ways have them as their seeds spread eas­ily. How­ever, that’s a small price to pay for the colour of their blooms in win­ter – di­vine shades of pur­ple, mauve and pink. They flower for sev­eral weeks and work well un­der trees and in other shady spots. Don’t worry if they do stray into ar­eas they shouldn’t as cineraria are easy to pull out.

+ Spring is not far away and those hard-work­ing bees will need plenty of food. Sow seed for spring flow­ers in trays in­doors and they’ll be ready for plant­ing out when the weather warms up. Easy an­nu­als to sow from seed in­clude aqui­le­gia, alyssum, cal­en­dula, corn­flower, cos­mos, del­phinium, lo­belia and sweet peas. Fill up pots, planters, win­dow boxes and hang­ing bas­kets to brighten up decks, porches and bal­conies. + In­door plants in heated rooms are vul­ner­a­ble to sap-suck­ing in­sects such as scale (brown or yel­low) and mealy bug (tiny white in­sects with a waxy coat­ing). Rather than re­sort­ing to sprays, try re­mov­ing them with an old tooth­brush and soapy wa­ter.

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