ISSUE 2, July 2002
Editorial
Brothers in endurance: Sir Ernest Shackleton
Travel: Florida
Jack the Ripper: Exploring the Masonic link
Quarterly Communication: Annual Investiture address by the Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes and Report of the Library and Museum Trust
Masonic News: Order of Service to Masonry; Grand Lodge deficit; Alvin Coburn pioneer photographer; Royal Masonic Variety Show
   Royal Arch News: Concern over falling exaltations
Charity News: Masonic relief grants launched; New RMBI video; Help is at hand through the NMSF; RMBI challenges and change; Update on RMBI projects; RMBI resident Jessie is Britain's oldest person; Grand Charity grant to National Asthma Campaign; TalentAid
Masonic Homes: Proud and independent
Library and Museum news: Recent library acquisitions
Letters
Gardening
Book reviews

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August and September is also the ideal time to take new shoots on plants. Choose sturdy, half-mature side shoots, no longer than is necessary, and make a straight cut immediately below ajoint. Remove any leaves from the lower half.
    Dip the bottom of the cutting into hormone rooting powder and insert around the side of a pot filled with a sui table cutting compost. (If you are buying the compost, it will be specified on the label.) Water and place in a cold frame to leave over the winter. Cold frames can either be homemade or bought from a horticultural centre.
    Mid to later summer is also the time to take semi hardwood cuttings from most evergreens, heathers and conifers. Cut them three to four inches in length, just below a node, a stem joint where there are leaves, buds or side shoots.

Propagate

Cuttings of heather need only be one to two inches long. Root them in a mixture of half peat and half sand again in a cold frame. Plants such as clematis, however, need to be propagated by taking the semi-hardwood stem cuttings, and dipping them into rooting powder incorporating a fungicide. Insert a mixture of peat and sand, and cover with plastic to maintain the humidity until the roots have formed.
    Towards the end of the summer, apply feed of a general-purpose fertiliser to the lawn. If there are areas where you need new lawn then September is again the time to put down grass seed. September sees the beginning of autumn, which is the best time for planting shrubs and conifers. The soil is still warm and with the gentle rain and encourages good root development prior to the onset of winter. This is also the ideal time to move evergreen trees and shrubs. When transplanting, keep the roots out of the ground for as short a time as possible.
    According to Ian Rankin, Horticulture Product Manager at Homebase, in September there are masses of bedding plants such as pansies, violas, minicyclamen, ornamental cabbages and hebes that are available to create attractive displays which will last into the winter.
    'Chrysanthemums, for example, make a stunning display and come in a variety of colours. September, too, is the time to plan your garden for the following year and to plant bulbs for a spring display.'
    If chosen carefully, you can have a succession of colour from the first snowdrops and iris's in January through to daffodils and tulips in May. Begin with crocuses, daffodils, hyacinth, scillas and winter aconites.
    If in doubt or you just want some advice, most garden centres have a horticultural expert who can help you.

Gardening tips for July, August and September

General
  • Mow lawns at least once a week
  • Keep hedges trimmed
  • Water the garden at the end of the day unless the soil is damp from rain
  • Water any pots and hanging baskets
  • Be vigilant with the weeding


  • July/August
  • Lift out spring bulbs
  • Dead-head plants that have died
  • Take pictures of the garden


  • August/September
  • Take cuttings


  • September
  • Plan the garden for the next year
  • Order spring bulbs
  • Plant shrubs and conifers
  • Plant containers for autumn colour
  • Buy and plant out autumn bedding plants
  • Put down seeds for the new lawn


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