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JuneIn the Garden This Month
If May is the month when plants really begin to grow away, then June is show time for flowers! From the smallest bedding plants to towering shrubs, there is no shortage of colour in the garden now. Roses really get into their stride, with many flowering for weeks until well into autumn. Nothing beats sinking your nose into a richly coloured cabbage like bloom and inhaling deeply! Box hedges and shapes are pruned to remove their bright green coats and give the garden a formal look amongst billowing borders as plants spill over paths and impede the boundaries of their next door neighbours.
Herbaceous perennials lace through borders; Hardy Cranesbills jostle for space with Violas and a host of other ground cover plants. Oriental Poppies split their fat, furry buds to reveal crinkled petals that sit on fragile flowers for a few days until the wind sweeps them away like confetti – a fleeting but beautiful part of the English garden. Bearded Iris flowers drop down from pointed buds and their sweet peppery scent wafts around the garden on still days. The scented leaves and flowers of Rosemary and Lavender add a new dimension to the garden, whilst Thyme, Sage and Marjoram are in full flower tempting bees and butterflies to visit them.
The taste of new potatoes from the vegetable garden is one of the highlights of this month, along with tender young carrots, peas and broad beans. It is possible now to be self sufficient in vegetables for a few months to come even with very little space devoted to ‘grow your own’.
With the longest day in the middle of this month, the dawn chorus is at its fullest if you are up early to listen! Or perhaps you are woken by a Blackbird singing outside your window? If you are out on a still evening, you may well see bats on the wing, their seemly hap hazard flight giving them away as they chase their food using sonar guidance. The sweet, heady scent of Honeysuckle in the hedgerows is especially strong at night, providing nectar for moths, some of whom are in turn food for the bats!
Many young birds will have fledged by now but still noisily demand food from their parents as they stand around on patios or sit on fences, not yet in the habit of looking after themselves!
Not sure what to do in the garden this month? Try our June Jobs List