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Middleton Guardian - - LEISURE -

ASTER ‘Lit­tle carlow’ IF you like lots of flow­ers in your gar­den for as long as pos­si­ble, con­sider plant­ing some Michael­mas daisies.

They have been in full swing since Septem­ber and should see the month out in style.

They can some­times be ef­fected by pow­dery mildew, a white fun­gus that greatly re­duces their vigour, so ask for mildew-re­sis­tant va­ri­eties.

‘Lit­tle Carlow’ is ideal for smaller gar­dens – com­pact, bushy and smoth­ered in pale-vi­o­let daisies with a yel­low eye.

Ideally plant in fer­tile, moist soil in par­tial shade – sun­shine is fine but you don’t want the soil to dry out as that en­cour­ages mildew.

Cut back when flow­er­ing is fin­ished and mulch then or in spring.

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