Thin the seedlings as they emerge and keep them weeded and well-watered. She said star presenters like Monty Don should not be encouraging gardeners to grow olives because they are a high risk for importing deadly plant disease Xylella fastidiosa. This is convenient as the amistad cultivar is not especially hardy - a few cuttings for insurance purposes are a good idea. From the team at Gardeners' World Magazine, BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine – receive 12 issues for only £39.99. Cut back after flowering to prevent stems becoming woody. And if you do not have dahlias then deadhead anything and everything daily – nothing else is so effective in keeping summer flowers from lasting as long as possible. They have all taken well. If new shoots don’t appear within the next month you might be better off starting again. Both are ideal for maximising flower and fruit production. After the early strawberries finish fruiting – usually the middle of July – they put their energy into producer new plants via runners. Label each envelope clearly with the date, name of the plant and, ideally, the position in the garden, and store them in a cool, dry place. At that point the cuttings can be removed from the pot and potted on individually before planting out next spring. Growing your favourite plants from seed is easy and practically without cost. The easiest way to tell the difference between a spent flower and an emerging bud is by the shape: buds are invariably rounded whereas a spent flower is pointed and cone-shaped. Grow lavender in full sun in well-drained soil. These are almost embarrassingly easy. Propagating Plants by Air Layering: Air layering is a propagation method for woody plants that allows you to root branches while still attached to the parent plant. Select from cherry, apple, pear and plum bare-root trees. They cope well with drought conditions and may suffer in wet, heavy soils, particularly over winter. The grey-green foliage provides attractive, year-round cover and is striking when punctuated with the spikes of vibrant flower heads. This might mean hiring a powerful cutter or using a strimmer – although a scythe does the job as well as anything. But August is a good month to cut a flowering meadow as short as possible. Glossy green foliage then follows turning to shades of purple before falling in autumn. Dry, hostile and barren don't sound like ideal conditions for growing herbs, but lavender and rosemary love to be treated mean Monty Don Sun 7 … Strip off all lower leaves and side shoots so that only an inch or less of foliage remains. These new shoots will grow fast and provide an attractive and healthy cover to protect the plant in winter and provide the basis of next year’s display. Cut the stem at the bottom of the plant, using the knife to remove the cutting. Monty Don has this valuable tip for pruning lavender on his blog: don't cut so hard that there are no green shoots remaining, as lavender may not regrow from just the woody stems. This and fresh growth means they need potting on but you have to be careful as the roots are still fragile. Half hardy and tender lavenders, such as Lavendula stoechas, should be grown in a sheltered spot. I took a couple of bits of stem and began wielding a… The aim is to expose areas of bare soil so that fallen flower seeds can make contact and germinate. Works well on my cuttings of box and lavender . This is the end that needs to be planted and if you get the ends mixed up, your cuttings won’t grow. But do not wait for the seed heads to form or the flowers to turn brown as you want to allow the maximum amount of time for regrowth before winter. Outside autumn-fruiting raspberries take over from the summer ones that quickly draw to an end and at the beginning of the month the blueberries are prolific and by the end the very first apples are ready to harvest although it is the end of September before most of our 62 varieties are really ready. Always cut back to the next side shoot – even if it means taking a long stem – as this will stimulate new flowers and avoid ugly spikes of stem. The best time to do this is as soon as the flowers start to fade, which, depending on the variety, can be any time between midsummer and the end of August. Choose good weather. and of great benefit placed under your pillow at night, great stuff. Looked after in this way the plant will be very short lived. Propagate Lavender July is a perfect time to propagate Lavender, Monty Don shows a step by step guide of how to do this by taking semi ripe cuttings. If you have areas of long grass – especially if they are planted with bulbs like daffodils or crocus, they should have been left uncut to at least the beginning of last month to allow flowers to set seed and bulb foliage to die back. I just sprinkled the bases of my cuttings with some of this before planting them about three weeks ago. For restorative pruning, be sure to sterilize the pruners by soaking them in a solution of water and denatured alcohol to prevent disease spread. This ensures that the lower section is not shaded by the top growth – which is always more bushy as it gets more light – and the hedge remains  fully ‘furnished’ right down to the ground. Monty Don on gardening ... Sage is slightly less accommodating than rosemary and it is essential to be ruthless in spring by cutting it back hard to stop it getting too leggy. See more ideas about monty don, monty don longmeadow, planting flowers. Taking cuttings from healthy box in your garden will reduce the risk of introducing the disease. The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. Join the RHS today and get 12 months for the price of 9. Choose non-flowered shoots of this year’s growth and ensure that they’re free from pests and disease. 2 or 3 and mix in some horticultural grit, for drainage. Avoid using scissors as they can damage the plant and partially close up the stem making it hard for the roots to grow properly. If pruned correctly, hardy types can live for about 15 years (as many as 20 years, in some cases). Hardy lavenders (Lavandula angustifolia and Lavandula x intermedia types) can cope with temperatures down to about -15°C, and can therefore be left in the garden all year round. Although August is the month of holidays and high summer, it is also when the garden can start to become a little careworn. These are long shoots with one or more plantlets spaced along their length. If you’re new to plant propagation, taking lavender cuttings in summer is a good way to start as they root easily and will provide you with lots of new plants for free.. Try to keep the cut as clean as possible by using slow, precise movements with the knife and holding the stem steady as you cut. Remove non-flowering shoots, about 10cm long, with a woody base and a tip with new growth. By the end of August the rooted plantlets are ready for planting out into a new bed that has had a generous amount of compost added to it as strawberries are greedy feeders (they should always be planted on soil that has not grown strawberries for at least three years to avoid possible viruses). It defines a colour (even though it comes in lots of shades); it also colours a whole mood of gentle refinement and prettiness; and, above all, it produces a unique fragrance. Either sow them into plugs that can be transplanted as seedlings or sow direct in rows. Always choose healthy, strong, straight  growth free from any flowers or flower buds. I've taken a couple of rounds of cuttings this year, this batch was taken in mid-October. For longer term storage a plastic tub with a tight lid stored in the fridge is ideal. Although they have just left the nest and are only a few months old they are full grown but with the aeronautical skills of an ungainly chicken. The late flowering clematis are towers of flower in our Jewel Garden and the warm (albeit increasingly shorter evenings) are made fragrant by the musty scent of the wonderfully opulent giant tobacco plant, nicotiania sylvestris. If they are too dry the buds will not form properly and those that are made quite often subsequently drop off in the spring before flowering as a result of dehydration the previous autumn. Subscribe to BBC Gardeners' World Magazine and receive 12 issues for only £39.99 - saving 39%. ... Monty Don … ... or a hedge with alternate lavender and other suitable hedge plants. Cut back hard to a good compact shape but be sure to leave some new shoots on each stem – lavender will often not regrow from bare wood. Use brown paper envelopes – A5 is the idea size – and either carefully cut the seed heads and upend them into the envelopes, seed head and all or else place the envelop over the seed head, seal it and then snip the stem off and store it upside down. Watch Monty Don take rosemary softwood cuttings for Gardeners’ World. Pull off some of the lower leaves. They cruise round the sky above the garden trying to pick off one of the many swallows and house martins which react to their appearance with massed hysteria, bunching and wheeling in a crowd of 40-50 strong to try and distract the Hobby. Deciduous hedge trimmings can be mown and added to the compost heap and evergreen ones taken to the council green waste. great tips Monty, had wonderful lavender last year, lovely in cakes and cookies, put some in your pocket when you go out and every now and then you can touch the Lavender to create a lovely sent in the air. Put this somewhere warm and bright but not on a south-facing windowsill as it may scorch. When Is The Best Time To Prune? Cut the bare stem to size with a sharp knife or secateurs and bury it in a container of very gritty or sandy compost. Half-hardy and tender lavenders, such as Lavandula stoechas, are best grown in pots so that they can be moved to a light, airy frost-free spot for winter. Use a knife to take the cutting at the base of the stem. They often land on the ground with an ungainly thump and then waddle about, catching little bigger than worms and beetles. About 1cm should be below the soil. All you need to know about growing lavender, including our pick of the best lavenders to grow. Summer pruning results in slower, less vigorous regrowth than a winter trim so clip hedges to the height and shape that you wish them to remain for the rest of the year. ... gnarled and woody and are best replaced from summer shoot tip cuttings. Start with the sides, making sure that you have a slight ‘batter’ or outward slope from the top to the bottom. The vegetable garden has courgettes, sweetcorn, French and runner beans, lettuce, carrots, beetroot, chard, shallots, onions and the first maincrop potatoes. Seedlings I am also informed are of variable quality. Reduce the watering unless it is very hot to avoid the fruit splitting but keep up a weekly feed of liquid seaweed or, if you can make it, home-made comfrey feed. There are hardy, half-hardy and tender species of lavender to choose from. Mar 19, 2019 - Explore louise kirsch's board "MONTY DON GARDENER" on Pinterest. Planting on a slight mound can also help prevent water-logging. Hedge-cutting takes up a lot of our time and all the long grass is cut and where necessary reseeded with wild flowers. All the winter brassicas such as kale, cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli are growing fast and must be protected from pigeons and the caterpillars of cabbage white butterflies. However, as long as the grass cuttings are collected,  it may be kept mown short right up until winter. Plant lavender at the same depth it was in its pot. In the greenhouse August is the month when chillies, aubergines, melons,  and tomatoes have their best fruit and add a state of sunshine to our northern table. Water well. I've pruned my lavender, but it's still not flowering Space these at least 12 inches apart and ideally twice that to allow for maximum growth and productivity. Lovely weather for lavender! To avoid woody, leggy plants, lavender should be pruned every year. Pruning woody lavender plants is the key to rejuvenating them. Finally, cut the top, using a string strung between canes as a guide. Fill with a John Innes no. Pruning lavender. Keep them well watered and mulch with more compost in autumn. As August progresses semi ripe cuttings taken from current season’s wood that has started to harden off  are increasingly available and also increasingly likely to root quickly. Not only will this give you dozens of free plants for future years but also spares to give or swap with friends and family and August is the  time to begin collecting seed from your garden. Find out how to boost your stock of lavender plants, in Monty‘s video guide to taking cuttings of French lavender, Lavendula stoechas: Lavender can be become very leggy and bear few flowers. Prune after their first flush of flowers have faded but avoid pruning any later than early September. Lavender is a Mediterranean evergreen shrub, grown for its fragrant leaves and bee-friendly flowers. After a week or two the seeds should be dry and can them be sieved, cleaned and stored in sealed packets. The first is to strip off the bottom half of the leaves on each plant. About 1cm should be below the soil. At the cutting hedge of ladder innovation . Tomatoes are coming up to their prime harvesting period but to extend this and make sure that all the current green tomatoes fully ripen  over the coming month or so there are a few things the tomato grower should do now. A greenhouse is ideal. Join now. Each quarter you’ll receive a shipment of the finest oil straight from your tree! It is safe now to trim hedges in the knowledge that the vast majority of nesting birds have fledged. It is important to remove all cut grass as otherwise it feeds the soil as it decomposes and this will encourage lush regrowth at the expense of the wild flowers and bulbs. Monty has some David Howard Dahlia cuttings that are about 3 weeks old and the roots are already coming out of the bottom of the pot. Lavender Hidcote hedge (Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote') description A Lavender Hidcote hedge has a more compact form than the English Lavender variety and showcases a darker purple flower. By pinning them to the soil or onto a pot with compost in it and then separating it from the mother plant these can be harvested as new plants that will have more vigour than the parent and keep your stock replenished and refreshed. Camellias, Azaleas and Rhododendrons form their flower buds in late summer and autumn. That heavy pruning creates compact growth and prevents straggly plants. Lavenders work in a variety of situations, from wildlife gardens to cottage gardens and even formal gardens, such as planted beneath shrub roses or used as a low-growing hedge. So no cuttings then. Gradually they master the skies until by September they can soar high with their parents – which are never far away – and are catching bigger and more evasive prey. When planting lavender in pots, choose terracotta pots with drainage holes. Once you have taken material from the plant  and placed it in the polythene bag  go and pot them up immediately. Monty Don took out all his box hedging on Gardeners’ World because of box blight. Remove non-flowering shoots, about 10cm long, with a woody base and a tip with new growth. Taking Cuttings from Lavender Regardless of the type of cutting, you should always cut healthy, straight, vigorous stems for rooting. In principal it is best to take cuttings in the morning whilst the plant is full of moisture but in practise it is something best done as and when you are minded to do it. Many lavenders thrive in pots. My French lavender cuttings are looking fairly happy and I hope they’ll have rooted in three or four weeks. See more ideas about Monty don, Garden, Garden design. Get 40% off when you adopt an Italian olive tree. Water it well and then keep it moist with a daily spray from a hand mister  to help stop the leaves drying out before new roots have time to form. One of the features of August on the English Welsh border is the constant  and plaintive mewing of young buzzards (buteo buteo) learning to hunt for themselves. Follow us. Aug 13, 2019 - Explore Peggy B's board "Monty Don Garden Ideas" on Pinterest. Get involved. Once the grass is cut it should all be raked up and put onto the compost heap (making sure that it is throughly dampened with a hose unless it is a very small amount). Actually this fading tendency tends to be worst at the beginning of the month and as we go towards September – at Longmeadow at least – it seems to pick up pace again. In addition to Monty Don getting the garden prepared for spring, Carol Klein made her way down to Cornwall in search of a garden full of beautiful spring colour. As the plantlets touch the soil the put down roots, establish quickly and so the plant regenerates itself. Few plants evoke so many things so powerfully as lavender. You will know that the roots have formed when you see fresh new growth. hallstina77 Posts: 12. Hedge-cutting takes up a lot of our time and all the long grass is cut and where necessary reseeded with wild flowers. This is the old "trench-style" outdoor cutting method. I dig up and compost the parent plant after four years as their productivity rapidly declines after this and they often accumulate viruses. Make one sowing now for harvesting in October and November  and another in a month’s time that will crop in the new year if grown under cover. Cover pots with a clear plastic bag and place in a light and airy place. Prune after flowering, typically in August. Keep cutting until the original piece is segmented into as many cuttings as you can get. Enjoy double the fruits on one tree, with a selection of grated duo fruit trees, ideal for smaller gardens. But it is mostly foliage that is tired whereas the intense colours of the late-flowering herbaceous plants like heleniums, asters and rudbeckias are as vibrant as anything earlier in the year and the tender cannas, bananas, zinnias, dahlias and gladioli really come into their own and hit their magnificent stride. Dahlias will keep producing new flowers well into autumn as long as they are deadheaded regularly. Half-hardy lavenders, such as Lavandula stoechas, flower for a long season but may not survive winter. Delightful, delicate foliage and double lilac flowers team together for an ethereal addition to your garden. Add a sprinkling of bonemeal to the planting hole, place the plant in the hole, backfill and firm in. Its colour and scent define summer, says Monty Don, and the hot, dry spell we've been having suits this Mediterranean beauty down to the ground By Monty Don for MailOnline … The best time to plant tender lavender is in spring, from March through to May. The best time to do this is as soon as the flowers start to fade, which, depending on the variety, can be any time between midsummer and the end of August. Use a sharp knife to take a hardwood or softwood cutting measuring 3 to 4 inches long. Be careful not to remove green shoots as this can kill the plant. Prune lavender plants back to 6 inches in height every two to three years in spring when their new growth resumes. Buy three 3L potted plants of this tall and slender perennial for £21.98 - please add all three to your basket. 01:42. In this short video guide, Monty Don demonstrates how to cut back lavender after flowering, to maintain a neat, compact shape and prevent it becoming leggy and unkempt: Lavenders are not long-lived plants. Many gardeners just deadhead hardy types which leads to leggy plants and few flowers. Expect tender varieties to live for about five years. This is the size of a kestrel but has the flying skills and appearance of a cross between large swift and an especially elegant and streamlined peregrine falcon. The question when to prune Lavender depends on what type of pruning is being done. The grass borders shift from greens to a wider range of colours including purples and golds and are moving towards their autumnal gold and tawny shades. I don’t know what that is, but I’m betting it’s the plant equivalent of the plague. Hi I am new to the group and need some advice please. Cuttings need to be 7½-10cm (3-4in) long for pelargoniums and other tender perennials and 15cm (6in) for shrubs, although you can take as little as … To avoid woody, leggy plants, lavender should be pruned every year. Cuttings in the fall for bushes in the spring. It’s also important that the tool blades are sharp. Prune these lavender in spring when all frost is finished for the season. Take semi-ripe lavender cuttings in late summer. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. Sow hardy salad crops such as ‘Rouge d’hiver’ and ‘Winter Density’ lettuce and Corn Salad, Rocket, Land Cress, Purslane, Mizuna and Mibuna. Cut back quite hard but don’t cut into old wood, as this can reduce flowering potential the following year. Choose stems with good color and no buds. This process can be continued weekly until there are no leaves left at all. Fill plastic pots with peat-free multi-purpose compost, water and then push the cuttings into the compost. Monty revisits one of his classic books in an occasional series Gardening at Longmeadow with Monty Don. RAPTORS One of the features of August on the English Welsh border is the constant and plaintive mewing of young buzzards (buteo buteo) learning to hunt for themselves. Lavender can grow in abundance under the right conditions, and taking cuttings can be an ideal way to spread more lavender around your garden. This article provides advice on striking the lavender cutting. Lavenders thrive in an open site in full sun in a well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil (got acid soil? I have a beautiful french lavender. 1 June in The potting shed. It is useful for plants that are hard to propagate by cuttings or if you want your new plant to have a larger size than … If growing the more tender lavenders, such as Lavandula denata, deadhead and prune only if the plants become scruffy. Cutting back the old Lavender flower stems can be done anytime after flowering to remove the old flower stems and improve the plants appearance. Im assuming its new this year as it has no woody stems. Take semi-ripe lavender cuttings in late summer. You don’t want to … So what is it? Lavender comes from the Mediterranean where blue skies and high temperatures are de rigeur. Hmm what to do? This will let in light and air so that the growing fruits get more sun and also he extra ventilation will reduce the risk of disease. Purple buds are borne on bare branches in late-winter and early-spring which open up to reveal white, star-shaped, almond-scented flowers. You can also take summer cuttings of many other plants, including rosemary, roses and penstemons. The reason for this is lack of or poor pruning. Fill plastic pots with peat-free multi-purpose compost, water and then push the cuttings into the compost. Pots should be placed in a sunny spot away from overhanging trees and shrubs. Photography by Marsha Arnold; Sam Peat; Riverstreet Events and Jason Ingram, BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Site by bwa.design. French lavender Cuttings. As an inexperienced gardener who gets most of my knowledge from watching Monty Don on Gardeners World I have had a very impressive success level. Learn how to grow lavender, in our comprehensive Grow Guide, below. Keep note of which end of each cutting was lower down on the original stem. Along side them we see Black Kites, looking especially for carrion although they are good hunters and the best and most valued summer visitor of all, the Hobby (falco subbuteo). leave a few green shoots to encourage a healthy new growth next year. I took some cuttings from it after watching a video of Monty Don. If you have heavy soil, improve drainage by adding horticultural grit to the planting hole before planting. Purple craze: There's nothing lovelier than lavender with its heady scent and vivid colour, says Monty Don - and there's a type to suit every taste Monty Don said lavender colours … Try French lavender, Lavandula stoechas, instead). However their most common food are the dragonflies that they pluck and eat in the air and at dusk they will also comfortably catch bats, such is their incredible acrobatic skill. In other words the display that they give you next Spring is largely determined over the coming weeks. Pull off some of the lower leaves. So give them a good soak  – with rainwater if at all possible – especially if they are growing in a container, and do so each week for the next couple of months. The answer appears to be to form a Saxon burial mound where, mixing my metaphors horribly, the Lavender … Learn here about pruning Lavender plants. To rejuvenate a woody plant, prune in mid-August to just above a green shoot and hope for the best. 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