Saturday, June 30, 2018

My English Garden in Late June

We are in the middle of a heatwave here in the UK, the longest since 1976. Oh yes, I remember that well! Five months pregnant, water rationing, and stand pipes in the streets. It was so hot that I couldn't cope with the journey to and from work each day, almost two miles on my bicycle,so retired early - and didn't return to work for five years.

I still don't like very hot weather, so I wander out into the garden early in the morning and in the evening, when it is a bit cooler.  This morning I was outside with the cafetiere at 7 a.m., taking a few minutes to enjoy the peace and quiet of early morning before getting down to an hour of dead-heading and cutting back.

The Hydrangea bushes have started to bloom just as the petals are drifting away from the first flush of rose blossoms.

 Last weekend I spent a strenuous few days attempting to renovate a patch of lawn that is taking it's last few gasps of breath. Yes, it probably is the worst possible time to make the effort, but I simply couldn't continue to put up with the desperate state of the grass. So I scarified, aerated, brushed in top soil and ant powder and scattered seed. Now, of course, I am having to thoroughly water every evening and cross my fingers to hope that the seeds germinate.

Tasks for today, already completed !

  • Dead-headed the roses and the garden pinks
  • Cut back the lupins and delphiniums to ground level, in the hope and expectation of a second growth for later flowers.
  •  Spread ant powder and organic anti-slug and snail gel around susceptible plants
  • Clipped the aubretia with the garden shears