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Tuesday, 28 May 2019

This Month in Your Garden - June

‘I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.’
-  L. M. Montgomery


June is the month of festivals, medieval fayres, airshows, horse racing, tennis and strawberries and cream. You could be forgiven for not having much time to spend in the garden but if have been hard at it all year, digging, sowing, pruning and hoeing, when you do get into your land of herbaceous borders, cottage garden plants, shrubs and roses, take a deep breath.

It was worth all the effort just to sit, probably with your strawberries and cream and maybe even a nice glass of wine on a June evening, and reflect on your success. Sure, there are plenty of little jobs to be done but we’ll get to that later.

Right now you can enjoy, literally, the fruits of your labours, as you look across your exemplary lawn, boasting your own Wimbledon stripes, to a plethora of colourful displays in neatly manicured and well-tended borders.Architectural statements firmly established with statement shrubs and trees, Euphorbia and Mahonia, Weigela and Buddleija, cornus and prunus...sounds like euphoria. Back to reality for most of us.

There’s work to be done. Fast growing annuals to be sown for late flowering and cutting. Annual bedding to be planted to fill gaps in herbaceous borders, Dahlias and begonias to be planted out, seed to be harvested from perennials run to seed. Lupins, hollyhocks and delphiniums give up their precious seed to propagate for next year’s fine display. A trim here, a hoe there, a sweet pea to be trained, cuttings to be taken, faded flower trusses to be pruned. We’re getting there. We will have order in the border.

  • Sow Calendula, Clarkia, Godetia
  • Train climbers that have got out of hand
  • Cut back Oriental poppies after flowering
  • Plant Anemone rhizomes that have been soaked overnight
  • Prick out indoor sowings and pot them on
  • Sow Alyssum, Campanula carpatica 
  • Sow winter pansies and polyanthus
  • Prune spring flowering shrubs
  • Cut back aubretias, arabis and perennial candytuft in late June








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