End of Month View of the Garden. End of June 2018
WITH THANKS TO HELEN, THE PATIENT GARDENER FOR HOSTING THIS MEME.
Summer has arrived, very hot days, drying winds and monthly rainfall total of 1.4mm, which is my driest June on record. I only have a tiny drop of rainwater left in one of my water-butt, and that is totally reserved for my Sarracenias. Everything else gets the hose.
I purchased 2 new plants from my recent visit to the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show earlier this month, this is to bulk up my collection of plants after quite a few perished over the winter.
I’ve moved all my Agaves, Succulents and Cacti outside from their winter quarters in the house to take advantage of the weather, however my Hostas which are in the shade all day up against the house are having to be watered daily to keep them going during this prolonged hot spell.
The garden is all flowery with my Clematis looking particularly splendid, my Cosmos are a bit hesitant with the dry hot weather and are only achieving about a foot in height before flowering.
My accidental foliage corner looks cool and lush, it gets a daily water in the pots, in the middle there is a Tree Fern which was apparently dead and was left in a skip by a builder where I work, I duly rescued it and after lots of soaking and winter protecting it is still alive, not exactly burgeoning with vitality, but still alive after 3 years with me, and I’m more than happy with that.
My long fence order is rapidly going over due to the heat, the soil is a bit clayey, even after years of adding compost mulch, grit and any other organic matter it still dries out and crack open.
Several of my Pulmonarias have gone over and been cut back, and I’ve placed pots of summer bedding in the gaps to disguise the holes left in the planting. Looks nice, but more watering……
My Island bed continues to disappoint, even after a winter revamp and mulch, its dried out and cracked open and after much removing, I still have field bindweed popping up. I’m considering a tear out and start again approach………well maybe.
Although the addition of Tulips made this bed look nice in the spring, it looks naff until my Asters and Helenium start to get going for mid summer so a rethink is needed.
In my greenhouse my cucumbers are cropping like mad, and they are extremely tasty.
I’m getting fruits daily, although I have 3 plants, I want more next year, however my Sweet Peppers are disappointing as they are predominantly foliage with only weedy fruits, I wonder if it’s possible that the hot weather has put them off.
In my other greenhouse….
The Heritage tomatoes that I am growing as a Seed Guardian for The Heritage Seed Library which is part of Garden Organic, are going berserk, taking daily watering, and at almost 6ft high now. I need a another tieing in session soon, and to start feeding the plants more, the fruits are a fist sized plum type, and they are still growing bigger. Some of the fruits have developed blossom end rot, but this is not really an issue for me as I’m predominantly after the seeds. I will eat and preserve some fruits though.
In my outside raised beds my favourite crop, Sweetcorn is coming along fantastically.
Sweetcorn F1 Lark
But I noticed quite a creepy site around the base, my sweet corns are developing toes, very soon feet will develop and the plants will start moving around during the night in order to find better growing conditions. I will hopefully catch this happening on film.
I’m also having a go at growing a few coloured Sweetcorn call Painted Mountain, the seed was given to me by staff at the Heritage Seed Library, it’s a multi coloured cob type, and some of the plants have fantastic dark stems.
I’ve also got several Heritage Dwarf French Bean types growing, some of the seeds from these will be going to seed swaps in the Autumn.
A mixture of Dwarf French Bean Bobs Best, Dwarf French Bean Jesse Fisk, a climbing French Bean called Rays Butter Bean.
And some Dwarf French Bean of Montezuma’s Red, which has gorgeous looking bean seeds.
Until next month, bye for now.