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Flower Gardener's Diary - January

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A new year and new beginnings - with a bit of planning there will always be a beautiful bloom to pick for the vase. If time and inclination permits there are a few routine jobs to do in the garden. If you are away on holiday, remember to organise someone to water your plants and flowers while you are away. Ask a neighbour and offer the return the favour at some other time.

Pick

Roses, strawflowers, aquilegias, hydrangeas, fuchsias, toi toi, thalictrum, cornflower, coneflower, carnations, dianthus, delphiniums, lilies, gladiolus, sweet peas, gypsophila, alstromeria, agapanthus, pineapple lily, sunflowers, geraniums, cosmos, sunflowers.

Sow

Polyanthus, violas, primula, pansies, snapdragons, flowering kale, poppies, wildflowers, sunflowers, gazania, dianthus.

Plant

Japanese anemones, petunias, impatiens, calendula, dahlias, echinacea, verbascum, verbena, alyssum, cosmos, gaillardia, arctotis, marigolds, nemesia, dahlias.

Nourish

  • Apply a side dressing of Novatec to flower beds and pots and containers to replenish nutrients.
  • Fertilise roses with Tui Rose Food.

Protect

  • Aphids, white caterpillars and whitefly are all still active now. Be vigilant and spray with Tui Insect Control for Flowers as soon as they appear.
  • If infestations are small blast them off with the hose.
  • Lay Quash every few weeks to keep slugs and snails at bay over the summer months.

Jobs to do:

  • Deadhead or cut back summer flowers to encourage a fresh batch of flowers.
  • Water is the lifeline of the summer garden. When planting, add SaturAid to dry and porous sandy soils and to pots and baskets, it will help distribute water to the root zone and also help the soil hold on to moisture.
  • Water flowers in the garden when the sun is low, either morning or evening. Do not water them in the heat of the day.
  • Add thick layers of Tui Mulch & Feed or Tui Pea Straw Mulch to garden beds and pots to help conserve water, reduce weeds and add valuable nutrients back to the soil.
  • Stake taller dahlias and gladiolus to prevent stems of flowers from falling over.
  • Sweet peas – keep providing support for the vines to climb up, more vines mean more flowers.