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July Monthly Inspiration
At the nursery we have never seen our stocks of hydrangeas looking in such good condition as they are this season. Most have been potted on twice since last summer and are now in 3 or even 4L pots. They have been well spaced in the beds to maximise growth and to ensure that they produce a good set of multiple flowers. We have got the acidic peat mix which hydrangeas require to flower correctly as blues and reds as can readily be seen today.
The compost mix is only 60% peat and 40% bark but it has got the correct pH of 5.5-6.00. Here is a link to a short video showing our hydrangea crop as it was two to three weeks ago and, then, anticipating a mass of colour to come for the Hampton Court flower show.
The most popular hydrangeas on our website remain those with the strongest blue flowers. H. ‘Taube’ and H. ‘Enziandom’.
Among the newer white flowering varieties H. ‘Zebra’ (syn. Black Steel) has huge mophead flowers with attractive and contrasting near black stems.
As you can see in the video our plants of nearly all the Hydrangea arborescens and Hydrangea paniculata varieties are very large and particularly well grown this year with a mass of flower buds just developing.
Nearly 400 plants currently on sale, prices ranging from £12.50 to £7.50, see full sale list for details.
Not first quality, but plant now, water well and they should be lovely for next year. Click here for full list.
Tips for the month
Dead head your rhododendrons to remove the trusses of seeds which may be forming after the flowers are over. Wasting energy on seed production now will reduce the performance of the plant in terms of flower numbers next spring.
Prune rose flowers
Keep on pruning out your dead rose flowers to encourage another crop of flowers to emerge and carry on the spectacle.
Cut off delphinium and lupin flower heads
Time now to think about pruning out your Lupin and delphinium flower spikes as soon as they are genuinely over. With us they were out earlier in May than usual. This simple task prevents the plants wasting energy on producing seed and tidies up the dead heads. More importantly it will encourage young plants to produce new side shoots with the energy saved. These may even give you a small second show of flowers by September but the plants will be set fair for producing even larger clumps of flowers next year.