It’s July that’s busting out all over
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.
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Star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) is a climber that has beautifully scented white flowers in July