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Flaming June?... We Don't Think So!

What a strange year this is turning out to be - and the only way anyone could currently describe June as 'flaming' would be if they were using it as an expletive!

So May bumbled on being wet and grotty before surprising us all with a mini heat-wave for a week or so. For those starting on their journey of growing their own there can be little joy - for those more experienced the thoughts are probably similar. Gardeners are famous for blaming the weather - this year I think we are all justified!

Yes, things may be late - but In the vegetable garden all the hard efforts of earlier in the year should now be starting to pay off as early crops start to mature and can be cropped. In fact, for those that made the effort earlier, June is the first month you can start to slow down and relax a little - and reap the benefits; yes there's weeding and tending to do but its not all rush, rush, rush. For those who 'didn't make the effort' or ran out of time the lateness of the season means there is plenty that can be planted and sown now. Who knows - we may even get an Indian Summer.

Now things are under control on the veg garden, perhaps time to think about some pretty things? The months of June, July and August are perfect for planting perennials and still see flower in the first year. Of course the beauty of perennials over the annuals so often used for bedding schemes is that come next year (and following years) they will be there to please - unlike annual bedding that has to be replaced each year costing both money and time!

June is also a fantastic time for establishing a wildflower meadow or sowing a patch of flowers to provide nectar and food for bees and a host of other beneficial insects, and we did just this at the end of May- re-sowing our bee area and the path to our house.

Here on the nursery we seem to be continually trying to play catch up as the weather hampers our efforts; but we are getting there and that seems to be the motto for June - "do the best you can".