The summer is landed…well, at least the calendar is trying to tell us this. We spent the first of June in our glasshouse, well protected from the heavy rainfall. We always leave the indoor work, if possible, for wet days to come. So, one of the jobs would be the spreading and tidying of the spring bulbs which we took out of the beds recently. Once dried and cleaned they will be counted and safely stored away.
The tomatoes, cucumbers and melons are still not big enough to go to their final position in the vinery. We keep potting them on until big enough to give them a good head start.
Our annual marathon-planting session of the flower and vegetable garden is nearly finished; it is always a big relief if we manage, once again, to put all plants into the beds in time; before they get a set back from sitting in trays too long. We had a small worry that our Calendula plants got a virus but a good feed of Seaweed dust seemed to have cleared it up and strengthened the plants. The picture below shows one of our students in full action; even though ‘incognito’! The midges were so overwhelming on this particular day that we had to cover up every part of the body, even the face!
The Runner and French beans are still small and especially the French dwarf and climbing beans need a lot of sun and warm weather to perform well in our garden. Last year was exceptionally good for them, will we be lucky again???
Our potatoes seem to have a good season so far, the first earliest are very strong and it looks like we will have a nice crop. We used to have a problem with wire worms so we did not plant any potatoes in this particular plot for several years to clear it up. It seems to have worked!
Its this time of year were the comfrey is in full bloom and gives a great show along the south garden wall. We received so many questions about the use of this plant that we finally put up a small information panel.
The Herbaceous Border is changing into summer display; yellow, rose and shades of lilac and purple are the dominant colours at the moment.
The candelabra primulas in the fernery are still flowering and they really brighten up this shady area along the stream. Another very useful plant to use in shady areas is Astelia, in our case Astelia nervosa. The long linear and light green leaves look very architectual, the plant is evergreen and the flowers have an interesting appearance.
Sadly our garden cat Lara, with us for over 16! years and well known for her friendliness to tourists, is gone from us. We believe she went into he woods to find a quite spot to go into ‘cats heaven’. We will miss her!
Below few more pictures of the garden and its surroundings!
Your Head Gardener
Things you can do in your garden in June:
To Sow / Propagate:
~ Thin out carrots and parsnips, protect against carrot fly
~ Take softwood cuttings of shrubs
~ Continue sowing and planting lettuce for succession planting
~ Plant out pumpkins, marrows and French / Runner beans
~ Plant more radishes
To maintain & prune & feed:
~ Watering of new crops and bedding is essential in dry periods
~ Feed annual bedding plants and baskets
~ Start to deadhead herbaceous plants regularly
~ Summer feed lawns
~ Look out for caterpillars, green or black flyes and other creatures