Greenfingers - June 2019

Camellia0619I came across a Camellia in the garden of a relative recently. She already has 2 plants, but this one appears to be a present from the birds, and has a fine columnar form with neat, prolific flowers, as in the photo. So I shall be looking to take a few cuttings next time I visit.

Last year’s tomatoes had evidence of both splitting and blossom end rot, which was probably due to the hot weather and the watering regime. The tomatoes are grown inpots, with fresh compost, so they tend to be generally pest and disease-free. The pots stand on gravel, and a tray under each pot may well help to maintain a more even level of humidity both in the pot and in the surrounding atmosphere, so I’ll give it a go.

All the tender plants from the greenhouse have been transferred into the garden. The compost heap has been turned over, and the grass is cut. Almost time to put my feet up, but there are just a few more tasks waiting. The bindweed problem has become a war of attrition, in which any visible stalk is pulled up. The raised bed area is now virtually clear, and has been planted up with courgettes and French beans. And on dry, sunny days, the annual weeds cringe at the sight of the hoe.

Apply stakes to tall floppy plants, and prune spring flowering shrubs when they finish. Harvest salad crops and sow seed to maintain a continuous supply. June is a great month to enjoy the garden.

I’ve started checking out bumblebees under the BumbleBee Conservation Trust (BBCT) with a walk at least once a month. It’s an opportunity to improve my knowledge of the wild flowers and other bugs along the route, though being able to recognise the different bee types would be a good first step. Look out for Gardening Club Show schedules, and sunrise on 21st June will be at 4.47am.

Pete Smith