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Muddy gardens: five things to do in July

Herb Garden Views - Alliums, Digitalis and Hesperis

Herb Garden Views at Loseley – Alliums, Digitalis and Hesperis. Photo: Jason Ingram, Country Living

Summer’s here (er, apparently), and your garden will be looking it’s best, so really now is the time to kick off your stilettos, pop open a bottle of fizz and enjoy being out in it. But in between sips of the good stuff, there are a couple of odd jobs you can do to keep your borders looking even more fabulous.

Richard Burnip – or Burney as we like to call him – the head gardener at the stunning Loseley Park, near Guildford, gives us his top five tips. Richard has been been at Loseley for more than 20 years, where he keeps Loseley’s five gardens looking their utmost best. There is much to be inspired by here. *Deep sigh* I for one will be doing exactly what Burney says in the hope my own garden will one day look like this.

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Keep the garden going by dead-heading – roses especially and annuals such as marigolds, cosmos and scabius.

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Sweet peas will need to be tied up, and keep cutting them to ensure long stem lengths – you don’t want them to go to seed or the stems will be short.

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Keep an eye out for pests on plants, early treatment is best.

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Prune lupins to encourage more flowers.

Summer Fun

Summer Fun

All the hard work has really been done before July comes so invite your friends round, pour a glass of fizz and enjoy your garden!

Loseley Park, Guildford GU3 1HS. Tel: 01483 304440. loseleypark.co.uk

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