It’s July that’s bust­ing out all over

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GREEN SPACES -

Wildlife needs wa­ter to drink in dry weather so keep ponds, bird­baths and wa­ter bowls topped up. Clean bird­baths regularly to help pre­vent the spread of bird pox.

Make sure frogs, toads and stray­ing hedge­hogs can climb out of your pond by pro­vid­ing a slop­ing bank or ramp.

Sum­mer-prune wis­te­ria now, cut­ting back new whippy growth to five or six buds from the main frame­work.

If you have trained fruit trees (such as es­paliers), prune over­long shoots to four or five buds from the main frame­work.

Shrubs that have just fin­ished flow­er­ing can also be pruned.

Hardy gera­ni­ums are of­ten very tall and leggy by July. Cut them down to the ground now and they will soon re-grow and pro­duce more flow­ers.

Kathy Vi­vian is a lo­cal gar­den

de­signer with an in­ter­est in gar­den­ing to at­tract ben­e­fi­cial wildlife. Read her blog on www. kathy­vi­vian­gar­den­de­ or search for KathyViv­gar­den on

Face­book and Twit­ter.

Star jas­mine (Trach­e­losper­mum jas­mi­noides) is a climber that has beau­ti­fully scented white flow­ers in July

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