Birds and bees and all the flowers and trees….
Summer is now in full swing with the warm air full of the scents of sweet peas, roses, and lime flowers.
Make time to enjoy the garden and just sit and enjoy the culmination of your hard work!
Unfortunately, between the odd glass of cider,there are still some jobs to do.
Start lifting main crop potatoes
Summer prune trained fruit trees such as fans,espalliers and cordons.
Keep tomatoes moist. If they show bronze/yellow marks between leaves they are probably lacking magnesium. Avoid overfeeding and spray leaves with epsom salts.
Harvest garlic,onions and shallots once the stems start to go yellow. Let the bulbs dry in the sun before storing.
Sow oriental greens such as mizuna and mibuna ,and pak choi. They will be less prone to bolting from now onwards.
Harvest early-maturing apples such as Discovery and James grieve. use soon after picking as they do not store well.
Harvest beans,tomatoes and other veg. that can be frozen or made into chutney etc.
Remove dead flower stalks off Lavender plants and dead head other herbaceous plants such as penstemons and Geraniums.
order spring flowering bulbs.
Check that the dry weather is not causing camellias and Rhododendrons to loose their spring buds. Give them a good soak.
Clip evergreen and deciduous hedges.
Prune the current seasons growth of Wisteria to five or six leaves.
If you have a wildflower patch cut it at the end of August and leave to dry for a few days to allow the seeds to drop,then remove.
Collect flower seeds to store for next year.Keep in a paper bag somewhere dry and cool.
Take cuttings of Penstemon,Salvia, Diascia and other summer flowering half hardy plants. Keep moist in a shady place.
I have been at the Ledbury poetry festival this week listening to Michael Palin read some of his poetry and limericks so here are a couple of flower limericks!
I picked the first daisy of spring,
Was that such a terrible thing?
The pink and the white
Made such a wonderful sight
But the bumblebee threatened to sting!
The rose is queen of the flowers:
We watch her for hours and hours,
And sometimes I think
She replies with a wink
From the depth of her petal-filled bowers.
Making up limericks is great fun , why not have a go and make up some of your own.