June is the month when all that hard work starts to pay off. The poppies in particular are popping open every day and the bees are just having a feast!
This is the first time that we have grown Eschscholzia Californica ‘Golden West’ or Californian Poppies and they are a real delight. They were so easy to grow from seed in cells in seed compost and then potted on into individual small plastic pots in a mix of soil and compost until they were strong enough to be planted out. From then on they just took off and grew really quickly. They close up at night into tight little minarets and open again the next morning and so last longer than other poppies many of which last no more than a day or two.
The Delphiniums, Lupins and the Roses are a blast of colour and the Sweet Williams are starting to flower. We have Cornflowers, Nigella and Calendula all staring to flower and lots more still so come. As of yesterday we also have our first Sweet Pea! Apart from weeding and watering it is now sit back and enjoy time.
7th June. What has happened to our summer? On what was supposed to be the first week of the (meteorological) summer we have had torrential rain, hail storms, thunder and lightning and winds gusting up to 40 mph. The storms from Sunday and Monday and the constant battering from the wind and rain over the last three days has left a trail of complete devastation in our cutting patch. All the Lupins are broken and at least half the Delphiniums are also gone despite being supported with stakes earlier last month. It would seem that I spoke too soon when I said it was sit back and enjoy time!
On a slightly more positive note the sweet peas have survived and we have picked the first bunch of sweet peas today! All sweet peas are beautiful but the frilly, striped sweet pea ‘Pandemonium’ and also ‘Sir Henry Cecil’ are particularly lovely. Many of the poppies and cornflowers have been flattened as well but we have a few remaining in more sheltered spots.
I have totally fallen in love with these stunningly beautiful golden Californian poppies. They curl up and go to sleep at night even earlier than I do!
After the dreadful weather at the beginning of the month which destroyed all the Lupins and most of the Delphiniums we then had scorching hot weather, up to 32 degrees Celsius in the shade on Wednesday 21st June and the hottest June day for 40 years! Even after the weather cooled off there was still very little rain and we have had to water every day.
We have a really good crop of Sweet William and the Cornflowers, Gypsophila, Ammi Majus and Calendula are all growing really well.