Monthly Archives: June 2016

June 2016

June 2016

My small garden cutting patch in June is looking so lovely, there is so much going on that it’s difficult to know where to start. The Lupins, Sweet Rocket and Delphiniums with their vibrant colours are strong and healthy and the Sweet Williams are growing more beautiful day by day. The Sweet peas are all starting to flower too as are the Nasturtiums in the edible patch.

Beautiful Sweet Williams in full flower in the cutting patch

Beautiful Sweet Williams in full flower in the cutting patch

It’s been a busy month as well with planting the biannual seeds for next year’s flowers. This year we have planted Wall Flowers , Sweet William, Honesty and Sweet Rocket. We have also planted some more Lupins as this year’s have been such an amazing success.

Pollinators love the cutting patch

Pollinators love the cutting patch

We have also potted on the Lysmachia and the few remaining Snapdragons and Rudbeckia plants were moved to the cutting patch. Within a few weeks the Lysmachia needed potting on again into bigger pots and the Hollyhocks, Aqualegias and Verbascum were potting on from the small cell trays.

All the Nasturtiums in full flower in the edible cutting patch

All the Nasturtiums in full flower in the edible cutting patch

After the first ten days of the month which were sunny and warm, the rest of the month has been very wet but also quite warm and humid and everything has grown like mad. The biannual seeds planted at the beginning of the month are ready to be potted on in just three and a half weeks. We are picking flowers every few days and there is so much more still to look forward to.

This is what it's all about -Flowers from the cutting patch!

This is what it’s all about -Flowers from the cutting patch!

Majestic Delphiniums

Majestic Delphiniums

June has been the wettest June on record and it has certainly been a challenge!  The strong winds on the evening of Tuesday 28th and into the next day did a lot of damage to the Sweet Peas, Delphiniums and the Lupins in the cutting patch blowing them back and forth and snapping them like little twigs despite being staked.  The Cosmos on the patio which are only just starting to flower were equally blown about and quite damaged as well.  Quite heart breaking but all you can do is clear it all up and look forward to everything that is still to come.  Due to the cold April and the wet June many of our plants for example cornflowers, calendulas and sunflowers are all going to flower several weeks later than they did this time last year.

The Edible Cutting Patch 1st July 2016 - several weeks behind this time last year.

The Edible Cutting Patch 1st July 2016 – several weeks behind this time last year.

The Edible Flower Patch at the beginning of July 2015

The Edible Flower Patch at the beginning of July 2015

The Poppies are just starting to emerge but we have to catch them quickly or they soon get blown away!

Poppy - Shirley Mixed

Poppy – Shirley Mixed

Our biennial seedlings for planting in September for next year’s flowering are doing really well, protected from the weather in the cold frame.

Next year's biennial seedlings looking healthy

Next year’s biennial seedlings looking healthy

This Sunflower called ‘Red Sun’ on the packet is nearly black and I think quite spooky!

Sunflower - Red Sun!

Sunflower – Red Sun!