It’s a while since I wrote a gardening-related post on here, however, a number of you told me recently this was a particular subject of interest at this time of year, so I thought I’d give you a look at my garden in June. I wrote a May gardening post last year, so hop over to that if you want to see how the garden looked a year ago…
We moved to our current home around 2 1/2 years ago, so this is the third spring/summer season for us in the garden and pretty much being complete novices, it really has taken this long for us to better understand the general workings of the garden, the names and habits of the various plants and the jobs needing done at various points during the gardening year.
So, I’d like to spread a little knowledge and share what I’ve learnt in the process of taking on and maintaining a mature garden – I hope you enjoy!
I took this quick snap this morning of the view down our back garden from the kitchen patio. Sorry it’s not the best pic, but the wind was blowing a gale today! I love the big silver birches in leaf – they make a lovely swishy sound in the breeze and offer a welcome shady spot on those (albeit rare!) hot days. We also have our hammock down here, which was a house-warming gift from my lovely friend I used to live across the street from.
The very dry weather of late has left our grass looking more than a little parched, but we hope to sort that out in the autumn.
This is our much loved potting shed which has been in use since the house was built in the 1930s! When we moved in, the previous owner was kind enough to leave all the original ceramic pots, so it gives me a nice sense of nostalgia when I use them for seeding and potting on every spring. I like to wonder who has used them over the years and what did they grow?
We painted the shed grey a couple of years ago (read about it here) and it’s bearing up pretty well to the elements so far. It’s my favourite spot to sit with a cuppa on a nice sunny day. The roses just in front smell incredible at this time of year!
This is the bed just in front of the potting shed that leads all the way back to the patio… I think I’ll plant more delphiniums in there for next year. The irises have just gone over, but I’m looking forward to seeing the crocosmia blooming in the next few weeks, and of course some gladioli that I planted out this spring.
…my eldest modelling well for me!
Our strawberries are growing well – since taking these pictures a few days ago we have picked some juicy red ones. We just need to stay one step ahead of the greedy birds! We also have some lettuce leaves growing in a couple of pots, which are a great starter veg for the novice gardener as you pretty much can’t go wrong with them.
This is the little archway that leads from the shed to the bottom of the garden, where I have a small bistro set I picked up in M&S a couple of summers ago (find similar here). During the summer, a beautiful purple clematis scrambles its way over the arch, as well as a couple of climbing roses.
How gorgeous are these? If only you could sniff them!
This little lady likes to follow me around the garden while I work, so I couldn’t resist a photo opportunity as she sat on the edge of the small veg patch. We mainly have herbs such as oregano, chives and rosemary growing in here, but also some sweetpea, beetroots and spinach.
The star of the show come June has got to be the peony rose. We have three peony bushes in our garden, however this one always blooms first and I love its unusual colour combo and frilly, blousy appearance. We have a dark pink one at the front of the house, too.
I cut some of the peonies and roses last night and brought them inside to brighten up the kitchen. I love the scent of freshly cut flowers from the garden! And it’s interesting to mix them with other plants you wouldn’t normally find in a shop-bought bouquet.
A little window box at the back of the house. I always fill them with geraniums, ivy and lobelia, as they’re pretty hardy if you forget to water them and they last all summer.
Here’s our patio, complete with Gumtree chairs and a basic picnic table we bought from B&Q – we did everything on a budget, because let’s face it, we don’t exactly get to sit outside every day of our summer here on the Emerald Isle! During dry spells, I love to bring out the sheepskins, throws and cushions, drape some festoon lights and make it a cosy space to relax in well after sundown. The rug is an outdoor one kindly gifted to me by Wayfair UK for an outdoor post I wrote for them a while back. It’s super, I love how it makes the space feel like another room of the home.
I hope you enjoyed that little dander around the garden! To finish up, here are some jobs you can get on with this month…
// GENERAL MAINTENANCE //
Hoe regularly to keep weeds at bay
During hot weather, water in morning and evening, to avoid scorching plants
Feed containers weekly
// LAWN //
Mow lawn at least once a week
Water when dry
// FLOWERS & SHRUBS //
Plant out summer bedding
Stake tall plants to prevent them from flopping over
Prune spring-flowering shrubs
Deadhead perennials regularly to allow for a second flowering later in summer
Deadhead roses, snipping back to a leaf or bud, to promote axillary buds and more flowers
Watch out for aphids, particularly on lupins, and spray with a soapy insecticide
Cut back delphiniums right to the ground, to allow another flush of flowers come August
Pick elderflowers to make elderflower cordial
// FRUIT & VEG GARDEN //
Harvest lettuce, radish, other salads and early potatoes
Prune side shoots of tomatoes and continue tying them in
Plant cut stems of mint, ideally in pots to contain their spread
Protect strawberries and other ripening currants and berries from birds with netting
Plant marigolds to deter whitefly
And enjoy the last of the long evenings!