Second Week of June in the Garden

June: Week 23 –
A week of warmer temperatures, a bit of sun, a bit of rain … and the garden’s grown beyond recognition. The hostas are taller than the birdbath now, and the birdbath is almost waist-high on me. Who’d have guessed that removing Dad’s old willow tree would cause the old hostas to grow into a monstrous-size. It’s allowed the light to pour in, moisture to reach deep into the soil, and given promise to plants that suffered in the shade.

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And finally the wildflowers are in full bloom. The first phase is daisies and cornflowers, and they are thick and colourful this year. More importantly, they’re humming with bees. Not so many honey bees, mostly bumble bees, but I’m happy to see anything that engages in pollination. The wildflower garden is also attracting a lot of small birds – robins, tits, wren and sparrows mostly.

And the tea roses that we planted at the top of the retaining wall last month are blooming, and look very healthy at the moment. I gave them a insect wash a few weeks ago while they were still in the tight-bud stage, as the aphids were already attacking them in mass. I usually hope that the birds and ladybugs to chomp on them, but the birds are too busy pulling worms to find green fly attractive. I want to give the roses, because they’re newly planted, a chance to settle-in and establish, and then I’ll allow nature to care for them.

The strawberries are setting heavily – about the size of my thumbnail right now. I’m hoping they’ll be ripe by the beginning of July. The tomato plants are looking healthy, grown about 6” in 10-days, and the cucumber (Danish asier) plants are now transplanted into grow bags. So all in all, the garden is coming along very well. As always, all credit goes to Peder and his strong arms, and extraordinary gardening skills.

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. I love those cornflowers – a perfect blue. We had our first strawberries (Garriguette) a coupld of weeks ago, and they’re coming thick and fast now. Sadly we only have two postsful.

    1. Misky says:

      Our strawberries still have several weeks left before they’re ready. And now the weather is turning cool and rainy again, so who knows when we’ll see them ripe! silly weather.

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      1. Garriguette is my favourite variety – the first ripen about the beginning of May and go on producing until the frosts. They’re small, sweet and very strawberry-tasting.

        1. Misky says:

          I’ll have to watch for them. Sounds good.

  2. Polly says:

    It all looks healthy and wonderful, Misky. My garden’s coming along nicely too 😀

    1. Misky says:

      Something’s eating my dahlias. Grrrrr.

      1. Polly says:

        It’ll be those wretched earwigs… 😦

        1. Misky says:

          I’ll go check. Maybe in the evening. Are they more active in the evening?

          1. Polly says:

            I think you’re more likely to see them in the daytime, they munched their way through one of my clematis flowers, the devils, or cut through with those wicked pincers…

          2. Polly says:

            Just checked and found https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=494 where they say they’re active after dark and love dahlias!

            1. Misky says:

              Thanks, Polly. I’ll try the upturned pot idea first. I’m reluctant to start spraying as they apparently think green fly is delicious. 🙂

  3. Your garden is exquisite! Ours has been a little neglected the last while with bad weather and life which has been challenging.
    Have a wonderful day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    1. Misky says:

      Thank you, Mandy, and you, too!

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