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DOING THE CHELSEA CHOP

Tomorrow is the opening day of The Chelsea Flower Show.

I’ve never been but after recently visiting

One of England’s regional flower shows at Malvern.

I can only imagine what it is like.

There is something I do in my garden

That is related to the Chelsea Flower Show.

The Chelsea Chop.

It’s a garden task

With a fun name.

Done around the time

Of the Chelsea Flower Show

The last week of May.

It’s simply cutting back plants

So that they will grow bushier

And produce more blooms.

Every year I cut my tall garden phlox

Nearly in half.

Other perennials that get the chop

Include New England Asters, Chrysanthemums and Veronicas.

I actually did this a few weeks ago

Since our weather warms up ahead of England’s

But there is still time this month.

I also do a modified version of this

By pinching out the tops of Dahlias when they are a foot tall.

This works for Zinnias and Cosmos as well.

Since my garden seems to grow taller and taller

Each time it rains

I’m going to use these methods to keep my garden under control.

Of course, I say that every year!

Pinching or cutting back also works on some annutals.

Petunias and Impatiens respond particularly well

With the occasional pinch or chop.

I cut back these bargain leggy Impatiens

Before I planted them.

So take a stroll around your garden this week

And see if there are plants that would benefit

From a little Chelsea Chop.

Come July

Your garden will thank you.

Happy Gardening,

Gail

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WHAT CAN I SAY…IT’S MAY

I love my perennial border

For all the color it brings into my life.

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The back of my house looks onto my garden

So I look at it off and on all day.

But color in a perennial border

Can be a tricky thing.

You see, unlike annuals

Perennials don’t bloom all summer.

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Most bloom for a few weeks

A month

Or maybe several weeks

If I’m attentive to dead-heading.

So summer is a bit of a dance

With colors coming and going.

But May!!!

May is such a gift.

Color everywhere.

Columbine is one of the first to appear.

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Then big blousy peonies.

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And the flush of rose bushes.

Starting with Katy Road Pink

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Followed by Aloha

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Belinda’s Dream

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And a host of others whose names escape me.

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And of course, Iris have their brief but glorious moment in the sun.

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With a few Dutch Iris thrown in amongst the lot.

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Then there’s this tiny little orchid looking flower

With intense orchid color

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Orchid is the Pantone color of the year for 2015

So I’m glad mine are putting on such a show.

Diversity.

It’s one of the keys to a¬†healthy garden.

It’s one of the keys to a healthy world.

Enjoy this glorious week.

Gail

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Coming color

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