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    Regal lily (Lilium regale) © Ita McCobb
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    Shasta daisy (Chrysanthemum maximum) © Ita McCobb
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    Honeybee on Lavender (Lavendula) © Ita McCobb
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    Rosy cushion rose (Rosa Rosy cushion) © Ita McCobb
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Propagate new Strawberry
Established Strawberry plants will have sent out runners with plantlets that can be rooted to produce new plants. Select a runner from a healthy parent plant and place the plantlet on the surface of a pot filled with potting compost, holding it in place with a piece of u-shaped wire or similar. Leave the runner attached, only cutting it off once the new plant has developed roots.
Now that most flowering plants will have set seed; cut wildflower meadows, leaving the cuttings for a few days to allow any seeds to drop to the soil and then collect the cut material and compost it.
Cut back herbs to encourage fresh growth that can be used once they’ve grown back. Dry or freeze these cuttings for later use.
Damp habitats
The creamy-white, fragrant flowers of Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) can be seen along riverbanks, ditches and in damp meadows. Its name comes from its use to flavour mead, beer and wine.
The leaves on Horse-chestnut trees may already look brown. This is probably due to damage caused either by the leaf-miner moth (whose larvae feed inside the leaves) or by leaf blotch fungus, a fungus inside leaves which causes brown blotches with yellow margins.
August is the start of the season of the Hedgehog mushroom, (Hydnum repandum) that can be found growing in woodland. It is easily identifiable with distinctive spines under the cap rather than gills, and it is relatively drought tolerant compared to other species.
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