ALTHOUGH August is generally a time to enjoy the long summer evenings and relax in your garden with a cold glass of wine, there are still lots of little jobs that you can do to ensure your plants flower for as long as possible so that they will look good well into September and even continue into next year.
It's worth deadheading your flowering plants to get the most from them and removing any flowers that are past their best. Take flowers off as soon as they begin to droop as this will help to conserve the plant's energy by preventing them from setting seed.
Bedding plants benefit most from daily deadheading as it will extend the life of the plants.
Cluster-flowered roses should be deadheaded regularly so that the plant's energy is channelled into the other flower buds. Cut each flower off as the petals begin to fall using scissors or garden secateurs.
For ramblers, take out one old stem for each new one; for climbers cut above a strong side shoot, low down on the plant.
It's worth investing in a good quality pair of secateurs that will last you many years — put them at the top of your Christmas list now!
WELL done to young gardeners from class two at Ipplepen Primary School who recently helped staff at Fermoy's in creating a beautiful recycled 'shoe plant' at Ipplepen Village Show.
Also a big congratulations to gardeners from Bradley Barton Primary School who have made it to the top three in a national schools' gardening competition.