June in the garden

I missed the first few days of June in the garden as we went away at the end of May, but my goodness, what a lot of changes can happen in just two weeks. This is the month that everything starts blooming in earnest with fresh colour, fragrance and fruit everywhere you look. Yes, summer’s here at last!

What's flowering now?

Roses, roses, and more roses. June is THE month for most roses in our garden. We’ve got a lovely fragrant Paul’s Himalayan Musk scrambling through our peach tree, and a vigorous unidentified deep pink/red climber at the front of the house (it was meant to be a yellow shrub rose but the labels must have been switched at the garden centre…) Both a vibrant scented pink and a white climber wind their way through the honeysuckle at the entrance to our orchard. And we also have several shrub roses in various colours: white, cream, pink, and yellow. All fragrant and all blooming their hearts out – so I’ll need to spend a few hours deadheading to encourage more blooms for as long as possible.

The peonies are also beginning to flower – they don’t last that long but their blooms are so exotic and voluptuous that the little space they take up is well worth it. And our aquilegias, foxgloves, cerinthe, wallflowers and poppies are flowering away happily too.

Our purple alliums are nearly over but blue and yellow alliums are beginning to open up in their stead – I may have cracked successional planting at long last, at least where alliums are concerned anyway. Under our hedge are the delicate blue/purple shade tolerant geranium nodosums flowering alongside the red valerian and yellow flowered alchemilla mollis. And last but not least, we have masses of frothy white cow parsley (or bovine breath freshener, as a farming friend calls it!) under our weeping pear.

What's fruiting now?

Tomatoes, cucumbers, and peas are growing well in the greenhouse (a couple of tomato plants were from our February Mud and Bloom box, the peas from our April box). All I need to do for now is keep tying in the tomato and cucumber plants to stop them flopping under their own weight, and keep pinching out the side shoots on the tomato plants to encourage taller growth.

Outside, the kiwi bush and pear tree have masses of baby fruits, as do our raspberry and blueberry bushes. The birds have already had some of our cherries but I have an unspoken agreement with them that they’ll leave the rest of our soft fruits alone if I don’t net them. (I netted them one year and a blackbird got in and ate ALL my blueberries and most of my raspberries – I caught him in the act and the cheeky little sod waited until I was just about to trap him before he flew out of a gap).