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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Prune early flow­er­ing shrubs such as li­lac, deutzia and forsythia. ●● Pick over goose­ber­ries in full fruit, re­mov­ing young green berries for cook­ing but leave plenty to ma­ture for dessert. ●● Re­move the grow­ing points from early peas which have fin­ished flow­er­ing to fo­cus en­er­gies on pod pro­duc­tion. ●● Liq­uid-feed glad­i­oli for bet­ter blooms. ●● Cut back rock plants af­ter flow­er­ing and trim trail­ing plants in the rock gar­den. ●● Dead­head roses to en­cour­age re­peat flow­er­ing un­less they are be­ing grown for the colour and pro­fu­sion of hips. ●● Clip fast-grow­ing es­tab­lished hedges. ●● Canna lilies grown in pots in the green­house can be planted out­side, pro­vid­ing taller grow­ing fea­tures within sum­mer bed­ding dis­plays. ●● Sow beet­root, sweet­corn and cau­li­flower for a late harvest. ●● Lift and di­vide clumps of flag iris af­ter flow­er­ing.

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