Ge­orGie’s tips for fill­inG sum­mer vases

Landscape (UK) - - In The Garden -

Only flow­ers that the gar­dener likes should be grown. Grow­ing from seed is cheap and cre­ates lots of flow­ers. Suc­ces­sional plant­ing pro­vides sum­mer-long in­ter­est. Trays of flow­ers such as sweet peas and cos­mos are planted at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals through­out the grow­ing pe­riod. An early start can be made in a green­house. Dead-head­ing plants such as cos­mos reg­u­larly, and pick­ing sweet peas, en­cour­ages growth. When pick­ing and ar­rang­ing flow­ers, they should not be taken out of wa­ter for too long. Wa­ter in con­tain­ers is changed daily. Clean­ing vases daily pre­vents a build-up of bac­te­ria. Snip­ping back stems each day keeps the flow­ers’ cel­lu­lose drink­ing straws fresh.

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