The July/August Garden
The Mid Summer garden should be looking at it’s best now, with plants coming into flower. After the adverse weather conditions many are performing better than ever. I hope all of your planning & hard work is paying dividends with colourful flowers and a productive veg patch.
Wildlife is much in the news at the moment, saving bees, butterflies, moths and other insects. The best thing gardeners can do is to plant what they like. They love foxgloves, lavender, allium, campanula, oriental annual poppies, hardy geranium (not pelargonium). The list goes on and on. They do not like double flowers because they can’t reach the pollen. Only use insecticides as a last resort as ladybirds feed on aphids, spraying will kill them too. Generally, bugs do more good than harm.
In the veg patch a lot of the plants have enjoyed the frequent rain, but do remember to keep feeding them as the rain washes nutrients out of the soil.
Plant of the month
Rosa James Gallway (Austin Rose)
A large shrub rose with dark green foliage, repeat flowering with flowering sprays of double pink blooms from June through to November. It has a heavenly scent. I have grown it for 10years, and it has never had blackspot, rust or mildew. A really brilliant plant, well worth buying.
Jobs for the month
- Dead head flowers to get repeat blooms
- Cut salad crops regularly
- Keep beans watered for a good crop
- Pick courgettes while young
- Mow lawns