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Found Poem: From Weekly Garden News,
August 1, 2007

PLANT OF THE MONTH: Dahlia “David Howard.” 
French bred olive Picholine: with luck our own olive oil! 
Veg growing gets more popular. 
Gooseberries–Your Problems Solved:
Sawflies, American Mildew, Capsid Bugs, Leaf Spot, Rust, Silver Leaf, Grey Mould, Aphids, Viruses, Coral Spot, Scale Insects. 
Self-confessed plantaholic, I love the darker colours; Indian dolphin had me in a swim.
WHY, I hear you ask?–a cross between a French and African marigold, “wow factor,” patriotic sweet pea “Flying the Flag,” a small weeping tree, a punchy pink “Harlequin” whose cream-edged leaves, double flowers, Echinacea Purpurum
out of the ordinary, visiting butterflies. 
HEDGEHOG excretia will not cause lasting damage. 
Don’t be afraid of change! 
Why not let them grow larger and do “cut-and-come-again?” 
Have you got what it takes to look after this rare bloom? 
A good choice for smaller, fiddly shoots–the Flexi-Tie. 
History is littered with summer floods:
“Have every pelting river made so proud/ That they have overborne their continents.” (Wm. Shakespeare, Midsummer Night’s Dream). 
Good drainage is vital. Feed greedy cucumbers. 
Cut old canes to the ground.  Check for nesting wasps and birds. 
Trim pustemons.  Pop in a primula or 20! 
Aim for a nice even spread in a fan formation. Shrink Away Thread Veins! 
Spread your foxgloves, spike the soil, screw a decorative finial, lift raspberry suckers, grow more clematis.  

NEXT WEEK: Summer fruit pudding, other ways of enjoying the tomato glut, 20 free fritillaria bulbs, garden jealousy abounds.

"Weekly Garden News" first appeared in seveneightfive

 

 

 

 

 

 

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