Sunday, 25 June 2017

garden in June


Lots of expectation at the moment - annuals are coming into shape and bud. There are some healthy plants looking promising. This year I have grown zinnias from seed for the first time. I don't know why they are not grown so much in the UK - perhaps that is changing - I think a reason might be the need for a lot of sun. I am hopeful we might get just enough. It seems I am having a second childhood when it comes to gardening, with a need for bright annuals and picture book flowers. So along with the zinnias I am growing sunflowers, centaurea, snapdragons, calendula and easy veg such as lettuce and chard, as well as tomatoes and herbs. My hope is that by August my garden should be producing plenty of bright jewel blooms and veg. That is if the slugs don't attack, the aphids are repelled by friendly wasps etc...

centaurea and sunflower

tall red snapdragon

you can't be too protective when it comes to basil - here I'm using a child's chair so they are not sitting around on the patio waiting to be eaten by slugs

clematis 'voluceau'
(a bit redder than this photo suggests) - is quietly blooming at the moment - not bad for a £1.76 supermarket plant bought only this spring)




chard 'bright lights' - will be great in salads and later in the autumn will be left to grow larger - might possibly over-winter in this sheltered garden

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