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June in Your Garden!

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 20:12

Aaaaah guys. Take it as incentive! I'm willing yours will be just as ripe and delicious as mine  I want photos to make me drool!

I only bought a pack of 6 plants this year from Wilkinsons and wanted to cut the flowers off but my hubby gave me the sad face so I left them, not bothering to grit or straw the bed thinking I would get the odd one for him to taste. It's an absolute surprise to me and there are as many again still waiting to ripen.

My veg beds have finally started to resemble something worthy. My beetroots have slug-chewed leaves but are growing big now, my climbing beans have finally begun to spiral up their poles and my broad beans are going nuts. My red and white onions are beautiful and fat, my leeks are several inches tall and my sweetcorn are lush at last.

It's been tricky this year to say the least, I opted out of potatoes, refuse to grow outdoor tomatoes after two years of blight, was too late for courgettes, my lettuce bolted and I had no room for any brassicas because I moved my raised beds in spring and still have to fill them with soil, but the best thing about veg growing is that there's always time to plant a new crop, whatever the season or weather.

Looking forward to growing my own garlic at the end of the year.

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 17:46

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First crop. Yum!

Acanthus Mollis

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 12:15

I'm a big fan of these plants even though they are extremely invasive, but don't worry, I'll explain how and it won't sound quite so bad.

Like all plants that can be propagated by roots, that's its main method of invasion. it doesn't run underground like Bindweed but rather, once you have it, you can't get rid of it. Any piece of root left will grow into a new plant much like Oriental poppies, so trying to move or remove the plant will result in a war you will lose. (I'm still trying to get rid of a piece of root I planted ten years back in a border, then changed my mind and every now and then, a small clump of leaves emerge in defiance.)

This plant also likes to set seed, so removing the flower spikes once they go over is a good idea even though they do offer great architecture. I usually do this in autumn when I've had my fill of the spikes. Otherwise just weed around the plant a lot. The seeds are pea size, don't travel too far and as long as you pull them up early they are easy to remove.

As for flowering, I have two established clumps in my garden that flower every year in sandy neutral soil that is probably not especially fertile and I don't often feed them because they never show signs of needing a feed. Morning and afternoon sun are best, they need sun to flower but don't like the hottest part of the day and will wilt no matter how much you water them, but will perk right back up as soon as the sun passes.

 

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 09:40

Super pics @Dean Lovett. You plot looks amazing already! Lets hope for some more sun to bring all your hard work to the table.

Talkback: How to lift and divide hostas

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 17:03

Agree with Spring divisions and everything @janeys has advised.

Ceanothus Concha - Concern about growing conditions

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 12:08

A nursery man once told me that Ceanothus can die when newly planted, even from a pot and I had it happen to my newly bought Treewithin, fifteen years ago. Fortunately, I took cuttings that did take when planted and matured without trouble thereafter.

I'm not sure this is any solution to your problem and I'm not suggesting that your plants will die as mine did, but its not uncommon.

Perhaps the clay soil is waterlogged? Perhaps the high winds are stressing the plant? I'm not sure what I would do except wait and see, I've famously decided plants were dead before now only to have them spring to life in the new season. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 22:53

Dry with sunny spells in Kent. Chilly wind but not too strong.

No flowers on Clematis.

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 22:51

What a lovely display Bob TheGardener!

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 22:37

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 The bright pink Cistus and lilac Chives are a mistake in this bed that is mostly yellows and the orange side of red. I'll also be replacing the Crocosmia for lady ferns as well as extending some of the planting to make bigger drifts.

 

Hebe Help!!

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 14:38

I have a very overgrown small leaf Hebe in my front garden that I forgot to prune for ten years. Some idiot threw a lump of concrete into its centre a few weeks back, breaking all the branches and leaving it less than rotund in shape.

So, I took the opportunity to prune it hard back, taking three layered plants from its base (where the branches touch the ground and root themselves)  in case my plan failed. I cut back half the branches quite radically and left the other half intact to see if it would flower and also to reduce stress for the plant.

Since then, it has successfully broken bud on the hard pruned branches and I shall be pruning the rest after flowering, which is the usual time to prune small leaved Hebes into shape.

Cut it back now if you don't mind losing the flowers, otherwise imediately after flowering is also a good time. Hebes can be slightly tender, so you want to give the plant plenty of good weather to make new leaf. They often suffer frost damage in late winter that can be cut out in late spring, but they are tough plants really and you shouldn't lose it.

A feed might be gratefully received if you are going to butcher it, just try not to rob it completely of leaf. If it needs a severe pruning, think of it as a two year job and do half this year and half next.

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