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June in Your Garden!

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 10:49

Gorgeous garden Inkadog, thank you for sharing

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 23:13

I got greenfly on a rescue plant whilst it was being cosseted on my windowsill and after many days worth of endlessly rubbing off the offenders I've come to the conclusion that they must have over wintered in the soil?

Anyways, tonight I found a ladybird larvae on my bathroom floor and promptly dispatched it onto my suffering plant with the greatest satisfaction.  

seeds not germinated

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 22:58

in my experience, seedlings and any propagated material generally needs shade, light moisture and good air circulation. Any amount of strong light will surely harm very delicate new growth from harsh rays if not dried out compost.

seeds not germinated

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 22:27

All my seeds were started late around April time barring my Leeks which were sown directly outside one day later than the recommended sowing time on the packet on 1st May.

I've been lazy with annuals this year but I have raised Corriander, Basil, Cobea, Sweetcorn, Beetroot, Leek, Candula and lettuce indoors as well as propagated basal stem cuttings and cuttings garden phlox, alpine phlox and penstemons none of which have had any special treatment besides my windowsill and a spray mister for watering. I covered the basil with a lid until they germinated, then took it off.

If there's one thing I've learnt about seeds, is don't get them too wet, less is more for tiny seedlings.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 22:11

Thay sort of blanket cloud that blocks the sun but doesn't threaten rain.  Warm and windless in Kent today.

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 21:19

@Inkadog, oh how lovely! I've never had any seedlings of berberis......yet. I should very much like some although they are reputedly slow growers so future reports on their progress will be anticipated

I'm also not especially fond of their thorns when I have to weed or prune my mature Bereberis Thunbergii atropurpurea in the front garden as I inevitably get scratched, but don't they just add such sultry elegance to a border 

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 19:47

Another whole day in the garden with that sort of what did I actually do feeling...

I remember the last job of the day was pricking out a load of self seeded Alchemilla Mollis into a tray to grow on and yes-yes, this will become a pest in a few years time but not yet  I love so many things about this plant and its only real drawback is that it wilts a little in the hottest part of the day (big girls blouse).

I also potted on some propagated plants desperate for leg room but not yet ready for open ground and before that I was busy tidying up and oh yes, I cut my Choisya ternata hard back today as it had finished flowering and was more like a wall than a shrub.

Before that I took photos to keep track of things that need changing in the autumn and first thing this morning I was pottering about mumbling promises to OH about not being too busy today.

So that's my day in reverse, now I can go to sleep and wake up one day younger  

Are Echinaceas perennial?

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 17:11

Species Echinacea are perennial (comes back every year) and the common Echinacea purpurea are longer lived than some of the other cultivars although they can have a tendency to just drop dead in the winter although I'm not sure if this is due to cold or wet. But its not all bad.  Seeds are easy to sow July-September and over winter them in a frost free enviroment, and once established in your garden they will freely self seed in happy places.

A biennial plant is one that grows the first year and flowers the following year before dying on purpose. Foxgloves being a prime example.


June in Your Garden!

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 15:50

Some more photos, hope you don't get bored

 and just to show the massive gaps...


June in Your Garden!

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 09:43

Here goes the full on month of June

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