The Garden in June 2018
Thankfully, my garden has survived a four week long HEATWAVE, followed by Storm Hector which brought much needed rain but rather destructive winds. I had a few floral casualties but they are all making an excellent recovery.
The sunshine is back and I am outside as often as possible.
June heralded a glorious display of Roses, and I have been gifted with their scent as I bask in the sunshine.
James Galway sprinted ahead with an abundance of beautiful pink blooms:
I picked a good number of flowers in advance of the storm to save them from an early grave:
I think they enjoyed the company of the vibrant Alchemilla mollis.
A number of Roses are blossoming, including yellow Pilgrim, red Paul’s Scarlet and lilac Blue Moon:
Rosa glauca is covered in tiny pink stars:
She is embraced by Clematis jackmanii, who will flower a little later in the summer season.
The garden is enhanced by a number of other floral marriages. Yellow Lysimachia and Purple Astrantia look well together:
As does this medley of Aquilegia, Geraniums, Jacob’s Ladder, Iris, Daisies…
Iris sibirica has gently unfolded to produce a stunning symphony in Blue:
Each and every flower gladdens my heart.
Jobs for July
Weeding continues throughout the summer. Thankfully, the heatwave in June gave a little respite from rapid growth.
Watering and Feeding
Pots need daily watering, and weekly feeding for maximum effect. Early morning or evening is best.
These pots at my front door – planted in May, are benefiting from regular watering and feeding:
Their delightful smiles give a warm welcome to visitors.
Roses should be removed after flowering with a good pair of secateurs. This allows the smaller buds to thrive.
Regular dead heading of Roses and other flowers will reward you with a profusion of new buds, and a second flush of some species.
Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/r5GCjaetgZk
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