The June/July Garden
With the glorious sunshine it seems summer has finally arrived in the garden. We can enjoy roses, peony, delphinium and many more wonderful plants all starting to blossom. One plant that has enjoyed the chilly spring is the bearded iris, it likes a hot/dry place and very good drainage in summer. They come in many colours and are huge this year (4inches across) really spectacular. The best thing about a large herbaceous boarder is it’s ability to change through the year from spring bulbs to Michaelmas daisies & dahlias in the autumn.
Jobs this month
Mow lawns regularly.
Water vegetable plot everyday to produce a bumper crop.
Clear away leaves from daffodils (slugs and snails like to hide in them).
Keep pots, containers and hanging baskets well-watered with a weak solution of Tomorite.
Strawberries are now in full flower, keep them moist.
Train clematis over their supports.
Dead head roses as each flower fades and look for pests or mildew. (Powdery white mildew is often a sign of a lack of water at the base of the plant)
Shrub or small tree
Deutzia rosea grandiflora (White flushed pink)
Hailing from China and the far east it will tolerate any good garden soil. It flowers on the previous years growth, height 4feet x 4feet width.
Plant of the month
A hardy perennial, thistle like appearance without the prickles! Will grow in most places but likes some sun. Foliage about 18inches high with claret-coloured flowers held well above the plant.
HANGING BASKET & CONTAINER COMPETITION will be judged first week in August. No entry needed.
Prizes will be awarded at the Village Show and will be posted on the FHS Website.