What’s in the garden ?

Flaming June got off to a rather damp-squib like start,  but the rain has been very welcome in the garden. Combine that with glorious sunshine we’ve just had , and it’s fair to say everything in  our garden is  rosey !

So, what’s new  in the garden? Well, the forget-me-nots have been taken out (they self-seed, so they’ll  be just as beautiful again next year), and replaced with Jacob’s Ladder, and Marigolds. Marigolds are a fabulous companion plant. Their scent confuses the beetles and whitefly, and they enhance the growth of basil, courgettes and squash. Add to that the fact that they’re incredibly pretty, and they make the perfect edging for the herb garden.

Happy bedfellows. Marigolds distract pests and help other plants grow!

Happy bedfellows. Marigolds distract pests and help other plants grow!

We also use nasturtium as a companion for our brassicas, cabbage white butterflies love  to eat them, almost as much as they love cabbage. Planting a few rows of Nasturtium as a sacrificial plant means the brassicas have a chance of making it to our kitchen, and to your plate!

Nasturtium seedlings will soon be protecting our Brassicas !

Nasturtium seedlings will soon be protecting our Brassicas .

The flower garden is bursting with colour, red from the poppies, rich blue irises, a plethora of bedding and so many roses Libby can’t count them all. It’s a fabulous time to be here.

Geraniums are just some of the bedding that brightens every nook and cranny of the garden.

Geraniums are just some of the bedding that brightens every nook and cranny of the garden.

Stately Irises dot the borders.

Stately Irises dot the borders.

 

Peonies are the star of the garden in June

Peonies are the star of the garden in June

Of course, June has an abundance of weddings, and our gardens provide some of the table centre pieces. This week the centre pieces have included viola, chives, lemon balm and elderflowers. Almost good enough to eat!

Chive flowers; gorgeous to see,and to savour.

Chive flowers; gorgeous to see,and to savour.

From Herb Garden to House.

From Herb Garden to House.

I’ve really noticed the birdsong this week, it’s always beautiful, but the blackbird has been particularly exuberant this week! I think he’s warning off the woodpeckers.

Can you imagine a more perfect spot ?

Can you imagine a more perfect spot ?

The sight of Donk the donkey grazing, and Henry’s dogs lazing has made me quite sleepy…….it might be time for a nice relaxing G&T amongst the flowers I think.

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