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We’ve talked pruning all week …

The worms have spent some time thinking of pruning tasks in the garden for June this week. There’s quite a few to dos, like pruning your Geraniums to get a second flowering, and pruning your spring flowering shrubs too. Follow our blog to get more daily gardening cartoons, ideas, daily tasks and tips of what you can do now in your #garden

  • The cartoon reads, Prune now to prevent the darker evergreen leaves from dominating your variegated Elaeagnus The cartoon is of two worms in front of an elaeagnus bush, one of the leaf stems is dark green the others are variegated …. One worm says to the other worm,”I have no proof, but I think Gothic Moths prefer the darker leaves.”
  • The cartoon reads, Now the show’s over and your Philadelphus has flowered, cut back the old wood to the base … In this cartoon we see a few worms in the grass looking at a philapdelphus bush which has just lost/dropped its flowers. The worms are all cheering: “… encore ….”
  • The cartoon reads, After flowering, cut back your geraniums to encourage a second flowering The cartoon is of two worms in front of a geranium that has been cut down to the ground. One worm says to the other, “ they call it a chelsea chop, I call it barbarism.”
  • The cartoon reads, Having flowered, trim and tie in shoots to keep your Clematis Montana in shape … In this cartoon we two worms in front of a Clematis shaped bush … it looks like the top half of a body builder flexing its muscles. One worm says to the other worm, “ I heard the gardener say, I’ll be back”
  • The cartoon reads, If you Chelsea chop your Geraniums after flowering, keep the scented leaves to make a cup of tea The cartoon is of two worms in front of a geranium in flower. One one says, “ Nice idea …” The other work says, “Wash them first, I’ve seen what goes on around here.”

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The wrigglers are amateur gardeners, for advice from the experts on the chelsea chop, try Gardener’s World – they know what they’re talking about!

Giving The Chelsea chop

The Chelsea Chop is one way to stop the plant overshadowing its neighbours; chop it in May or June and it will flower on shorter, bushier stems. Later flowering perennials can be cut back in July, and for early flowering plants use the Chelsea Chop in May or June.

The Wrigglers have joined the #putpollinators first Campaign

Wild flower meadows flower for longer due to the diverse range of plants in them. That’s more flowers for you, and more food for the bees and insects. Plant one and join the Gardener’s World Put Pollinators First campaign – raising awareness of the decline of our pollinators @GWmagazine

Click to see our ‘Put Pollinators First’ page

Gardener’s world launched its #putpollinatorsfirst campaign, as part of their 30th Anniversary celebrations of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. See what you can do to play your part:

Join in the Gardener’s World team and pledge here

With a panel of pollinator experts, committed to helping bees and other pollinating insects to thrive, Dr Trevor Dines says, ” Since the 1930’s, over 97 percent of our wildflower meadows have been destroyed. That’s 7.5 million acres, gone. Now you can understand why our pollinators are in such trouble.”

There are 3 ideas:

Sow some pollinator meadow seeds

Create habitats for butterflies, moths and caterpillars

Make a cornfield nectar bar

By making a meadow, even on a small scale, we can provide a banquet for pollinators that’ll help them to thrive.

Here are some seed suppliers and links:

Dobies

Thomson and Morgan – how to sow wildflower seeds

RHS – How to grow a mini wild flower meadow

More from the worms

Year-round garden pruning guide

Great advice and full of quick and simple tips too, for example … don’t cut into tender plants or evergreens right now as their top growth provides insulation from penetrating cold.

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