It is now mid-June and what a difference a month of lovely warm weather has made to the garden, the walled garden and the flower cutting patch. Apart from some very heavy rain at the end of May and beginning of June (May was the warmest on record) the weather has continued to be warm and humid, wonderful growing conditions. The downside is that we have had to do a lot of watering with almost no rain for the last two weeks. There was some light rain last night but not enough to make much of a difference.
The Delphiniums and Lupins are loving their new home tucked away in a corner of the walled garden and have been staked and supported successful against westerly winds such as we are experiencing today.
We also managed to get the pea netting over the cornflowers before last night and today’s windy weather and within a few days they were already growing through the pea netting.
June really is a magical and very special time of the year, a time to sit back and enjoy the results of all that hard work. Our little garden has become a crèche for baby blue tits, hedge sparrows, blackbirds and woodpeckers. Some of the “babies” are as big as mum and dad now, the stay at home generation (avian style), wanting to stay in the garden with an abundance of lovely goodies to eat and still being fed by their parents! It really is quite enchanting!
One of the Ammi Majus that had self-seeded in the cutting patch is now six feet tall and the first crop from this year’s planting will be flowering in a few weeks’ time at around the end of June or beginning of July. This crop may well be over by the wedding in August but I am hoping that the second and third crops will all be flowering at the right time, fingers crossed!
We had a few pink Sweet Peas and Sweet William ready in time for the breast cancer charity tenth anniversary event at the beginning of June but not as many as we had hoped for.
The end of June has been as warm and wonderful as the beginning was. June has been the loveliest month, a time to drink in and to savour all of the beauty and the bounty that the garden has given us as a beautiful reward for all of our months of hard work. It has been one of the best for the garden and the walled garden, and for the cutting garden there is still much to look forward to. These are memories to treasure and to carry us through the dark months later in the year and to inspire us for next year. It is not by any means the end of the flowering season, we still have stacks to look forward to in July and August!!
The lilies are flowering in exotic shades of bright orange and red and also a dark mysterious purple.
The Sweet Peas have been flowering in their hundreds from pretty pinks, cream and white and reds all the way through to all the shades of blue and purple. Their delightful perfume has filled the house and also the homes of all our neighbours.
The Ammi Majus is also in full flower and is quite stunning with clouds of big white flower heads swaying gently and majestically in the warm breeze, and the cornflowers are just starting to flower. We will now have to pick an dead head the Sweet Peas and the Cornflowers every two days to keep them flowering for as long as possible and if possible until our son’s wedding in August!