THE MODERN MINT BLOG
So many garden jobs in July. But the first garden job in July? Stop your weeding and mowing for a moment and SMELL THE ROSES!
(You’ve got to enjoy your garden too, no…?)
What other jobs are worth doing in the garden now July is here?
Start with pruning the fruit trees that have st0nes, like cherries and plums.
Remember to water your pots.
Remove suckers from lime trees and lightly prune any plants you are trying to pleach.
Deadhead and feed the roses.
Weedkill and feed the lawns. If you really must.
Take a look at any spring flowering shrubs and cut them back to shape now, right after they have finished flowering.
Deadhead in your herbaceous border – got Delphiniums? Well done! Impressed! Cut the spent flower now and enjoy a second, smaller flower soon…
Harvest in the fruit patch – strawberries, raspberries, cherries and gooseberries are amazing to eat now!
Start eating the broad beans…
To be fair… July is a great month for jobs in the garden…
For more detailed information, try one of these books from Amazon:
(And this one from Alan Titchmarsh, priced at £24, can be found for just 1p! Good if you are a beginner for all the advice you need about garden jobs for July…)
Making a new topiary out of the large, dull facade of a Taxus blob… My work was to change it up from a ‘jelly drop’ shape and give it texture, open it out and let the light through, and make it a sculptural feature in the background of the garden in summer… yet a major part of the garden in winter. A few more years before it becomes something special, but there was far more leaf and growth inside the plant than I thought and so it will not take too long for it to gain in character and become …
Two weeks ago I was invited to teach topiary at the garden of Griselda Kerr, the author of The Apprehensive Gardener. I love teaching and sharing skills, but I was placed on the spot in the afternoon and asked to show how I would make a new topiary from an existing shrub. So below is a speeded-up video of me creating a cloud-pruned topiary from an old boxwood tree. I particularly love the ending when the class get involved….! See the video here. One hour was all it took, and though it needed a little tidying-up, it was made by …
Charlotte Molesworth, my topiary mentor, and I are running our popular topiary workshop again in 2022. You can email me for details – or go here for information, your ticket and to find out about dates. Book A Spot On A Topiary Workshop, September 2022