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June in Your Garden!

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 18:09

First day in the garden for a few. The weather was warm and sunny today, warmer even than what the weatherman predicted.

So, I had a massive list of to-do jobs, starting with feeding the veg (since watering on a wet day don't make no sense to me) but I got distracted tidying up after the recent wind damage. Inevitably this led to tidying the borders when I noticed a lot of manky leaves on my Kniphofia which I'm always clearing away. My two established clumps also needed de-snailing (some of the flower-stalks have nibble damage which I guess is inevitable this year ) and I also turned the compost bins and added the rest of the pampas grass compost to those bins, just about squeezing it in and leaving a small pile that I'll fork into the ground. Bins are all coming along nicely!

After lunch, I returned to the garden to discuss planting combos with my ever-accommodating hubby who left for Parliamentary debates whilst I hacked back some of my Ivy clumps.

Now, I love Ivy for many reasons, both climbing and the mounds of the stuff that I let develop in the border. They are like breathing spaces to me, with incredible foliage that offers freshness and greenness between more showy planting, but they can get out of control, spreading through the undergrowth with extremely long stems. I must have filled a bin liner with these today and it looks a lot tidier for it, although the clumps remained untouched.

There was more tidying after dinner and then the lawn got mowed and trimmed although it's more a lawn of clover than grass. Ho-hum.

All in all, I'm pleased with the garden this year and now all the mess has been dealt with, I think I deserve that glass of Pimms on the patio


Unidentifed Raptor

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 10:01

Buzzards are the UK's fastest growing bird of prey (as in numbers, not individual size)

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 22:54

@david spikes, thats just too crazy for my head! What a daily challenge and what an absolute master you must be!

Do you only pick plants that can handle the snowfall or does it pass too quickly to really do damage? I cannot quite grasp how it stays as snow in such temps, it's intriguing stuff!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 13:12

Wet and windy in Kent.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 19:31

Got 1/2 hr sunshine this afternoon  in Kent. The rest of the day is anyone's guess.

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 19:27


June in Your Garden!

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 16:16

Super pics from Salino, LeadFarmer and Gary Hobson!

Thanks for sharing

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 08:58

Wow, it sounds like an epic struggle Inkadog. Good luck!

Drooping Lupins

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 08:53

If the plants are newly bought, check the root systems before planting out. Nurseries force plants along to keep a schedule of sales and we've had atrocious weather to boot. Your plants may be growing beyond what they can sustain.

Last year I bought a rose from B&Q that had absolutely no roots and had to leave it in its pot for the rest of the season.

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 21:43

@david spikes, how can you have snow and a lovely growing garden at the same time? I have that white salvia by the way, its one of my favourite plants and if it was evergreen, which its not, or at least start growing early in spring instead of late spring, it would be perfect in my humble opinion.

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