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Sunday 1 July 2018

End Of Month View ~ June 2018

My words for the month of the June that has just flown have to be watering can and wilt! They sum up what I seem to have spent much time doing as no doubt have many of you. With no end in sight this summer will be one of those that goes down in the record books for its exceptional weather. Our local television news weather forecaster, who has been doing the job for some twenty two years, said this week that she has never known such a period of sustained hot and dry weather at this time of year. It seems that the country has tipped on its axis this summer and we're getting the summer weather that the south east usually enjoys or should I say endures.

Well there has not been much going on in the garden with all this heat and jobs are building up. Some plants are looking decidedly stressed and for the first time I have bought the hosepipe out to certain areas of the garden. Giving me most pleasure this month have been hardy geraniums, astrantias, roses especially my new rose' Boscabel' and an old stalwart 'Blush Noisette'. I've also enjoyed the best display ever from a cutting of a scented pink dianthus from my mum's garden.

Keeping the allotment ticking over without casualties has been a bit of a struggle. The raspberries have certainly suffered and sadly there were will not be the surplus that we had last year to make raspberry gin. The foliage on my 'Charlotte' potatoes are now looking most tatty but we enjoyed the first crop of the year served cold yesterday. Most delicious was the verdict. These were planted on 26th April.

I hope to be picking courgettes in the next few days with climbing French beans 'Cobra' to follow close behind. My lovely niece helped me to plant a wigwam of runner beans the day before storm 'Hector'. We anticipated the worst but our wigwam survived intact and the beans are now climbing. The other curcubit crops seem to thriving as well along with what promises to be some rather yummy beetroot.

My cut flower beds are doing reasonably well. One is mainly dahlias which are now coming into flower and the white flowering cosmos bipannatus 'Purity'. In the other are more dahlias, nasturtiums, cornflowers, scabious, rudbeckia, zinnia, geum 'Mrs J. Bradshaw' as well as the lovely calendula that was in last week's vase. Sadly the latter seem to have been really zapped in the last few days and are looking rather sickly at the moment. I've sown another batch so should have more to look forward to later in the season. There is also a wigwam of sweet peas. Just the one wigwam this year because of disastrous germination rates. I have yet to pick my first bunch of sweet peas which is unheard of but hope to cut a few this coming week.

Out and about this month I had a most enjoyable day at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show with a good friend. The weather was so much better than last year and there were none of the traffic jams and long queues to get in which visitors endured last year. The floral marquee was a delight as was the fabulous display of moth orchids. The show gardens were disappointing in their number which was down on last year. However there was a new feature in the shape of a long border competition which was a useful source of inspiration for planting combinations in relatively small spaces. Perhaps though the most spectacular sight of the day though were the swarms of mayfly on the wing by the river. Quite beautiful creatures.

I also had the pleasure of spending a day at Cathy's open garden (photos above) where I helped out at the plant stall. A most gentle and pleasant occupation. The weather was fine, the plants sold themselves and there was most delicious cake and good company.

Bucket of cut flowers

More recently himself and I have visited Graythwaite Hall Gardens and Holker Hall Gardens in Cumbria. I gathered afterwards that the former is best visited in spring when the rhododendrons and azaleas are in flower but we still managed to enjoy a relatively cool stroll on a sultry day. There was a most impressive yew hedge studded with tropaeolum speciosum but the combination of bright red and bright sunshine didn't make for a decent photo. We have been to Holker Hall several times over the years now and always enjoy our visits. This time we took particular delight in standing in the shade cast by the Holker Great Lime I was nearly tempted to buy a seasonal flower bunch from the bucket but persuaded myself that they wouldn't last long in a hot caravan.

Plant purchases this month include astrantia 'Star Of Passion, 'hosta 'Cracker Crumbs' and something else (the heat is getting to me). Coming home with me from Cathy's plant stall a peony 'Duchesse de Nemours' and a couple of ferns. The ferns have since decamped to the supposedly cooler climes of the Lake District to adorn the little garden outside our caravan.

The watering cans all standing in a line and ready for action are not mine but were photographed by me a few years ago on a visit to Le Jardin De Marie - Ange in France.

A big vote of thanks  as always to Helen over at 'The Patient Gardener's Weblog' for hosting. I've dipped in and out of this meme over the years now and have often found oh so invaluable for jogging my memory.


  1. Definitely a watering can month. I have also used the hose on garden borders - something that I never do! I am picking sweet peas now so I hope that you are soon joining me.

  2. It's been novel for me to get the hose out too Sue :) Fingers crossed that I might be able to pick a small bunch of sweet peas tomorrow.

  3. You have had a busy month. I love the watering cans a wonderful idea for old cans.earlier in the week I resorted to watering my well established roses, something I have never done but everywhere is so dry . I fear for our newly planted tree we didn't pick a good time to buy it, between the sun and Storm hector is has not had much of an opportunity to get to like its new home.

    1. Thanks for your visit and kind comment PP. I was most taken by those cans :) I will keep fingers crossed for your new tree.

  4. Hi Anna, good to see you're having a busy and happy summer, apart from the heat and drought business which we're used to but oh, how I wish it'd rain! We've had a great raspberry harvest so far but now I have to water them otherwise it'll be over. Had to bury my dream of growing Astrantia – they did well in my Swiss garden but here they just sulk. I shall get some at the florist in future, can't have it all. I wish I could have gone to Cathy's open garden day, no doubt you had a great time. Have a great week and let's dance for rain xx PS: So glad you like the Allium I made, very pleased with it :)

    1. Oh a shame about not being able to grow astrantias but there must be other plants that compensate Annette. I've been watering our raspberries too but they are not liking the weather. I'm joining in with that rain dance :)

  5. What a lovely chatty post, Anna - I really enjoyed reading it and was momentarily puzzled when I saw a picture that reminded me of my garden �� Wasn't sure if it was you or your plants that were wilting...probably both! Good to read that your cutting beds are looking productive and hope your edibles survive the heat - I have some very tiny raspberries of a size I have never seen before! We are trying to arrange a day or even a night away but golf competitions are not helping..

  6. Oh thanks for your kind words Cathy. I'm glad that realised that it was indeed your garden that you were looking at. It's both me and the plants that are wilting. Hope that you manage a mini -break soon. I quite understand that golf might get in the way :)

  7. I am sure Cathy appreciated your help, having a good team of helpers make everything run so much more smoothly. The Duchess is a lovely peony.

  8. I have one old metal watering can that my father used.
    Time to take photos for the end of July, as I run to catch up!


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