End of Month View – June 2012

The rain continues to fall, the garden is looking lush and the slugs and snails are getting fatter.  Sadly, blazing June did not happen and the garden is still not a blaze of colour, although flowers are slowly beginning to make a colourful appearance.

We are now halfway through the year and here is my End of Month View for June 2012.

I thought I would post photos this month showing a wider aspect of the garden and name the plants to give you a better idea of what the garden is looking like.   Starting with the south-facing side patio, which is my microclimate garden.   Generally by this time of the year, because it gets so much sunshine, it is looking mediterranean, this year it is looking very fresh and green.   The Japanese Anemones are choking the fuchsias so some urgent thinning out is required.   I had intended to repot the Passion Flower but it has taken off before I had time so will have to wait now until after it has flowered.  I train the passion flower around the water butt so the butt doesn’t stand out so much.

The vegetables are something I am feeling really pleased with and, although hit by blight for the second year, the Charlotte potatoes are undamaged and delicious.  I have just pulled up the first carrots too, so that’s the vegetables for supper tonight sorted.

The Swiss Chard is looking lovely although growing faster than I can eat it.  I am not sure about the courgettes though, they are flowering and beginning to produce

courgettes but the leaves look pale, but maybe it is the variety.   I can’t find the seed packet so can’t remember what they are called.

Below is the sunny side of the garden, with the raised bed where I grow my vegetables, my “mini-allotment”.

I am at a loss to know what has gone wrong with the sweet peas this year.  They are flowering but not growing in height, so they are useless for cutting.

The photo below is a bit deceptive.  The fennel and raspberries are the other side of a little gravel area of about 4ft square in front of  the shed, which is just out of sight to the right of the photo.

The flower bed at the end of the garden is where I grow most of  the cutting flowers.  This year, I bought seeds from Higgledy Garden and most of them have been very successful, apart from the Cosmos which just didn’t seem to want to do anything.

My favourite plant, Agapanthus, has produced a lot of buds this year so will look really good when they flowers come.

I felt really proud of the Cleome, but I have noticed that some of the leaves at the bottom of the plants are beginning to turn yellow, I do hope this is not going to be a bad sign.    This part of the garden will be a mixture of blues and pinks when in full bloom.

A slightly larger view of the bed, and you can see at the very back the ivy, which I have left unnamed in the photo.  It is now too late to cut any of it back but once Autumn arrives it will be given a short back and sides.  Trouble is that I can’t get it to stop growing.  I read a suggestion that you could put a systemic week killer on the root, but with so many shrubs in the bed I am not going to try what would probably be the best way to get rid of it.  Meanwhile, it continues to leech goodness out of the soil for its own purposes.

I suppose like most of us, I spend the majority of my time tending to and pottering around the back garden.   This, to me, always seems a bit strange because it is the front garden I see most off, coming in and out every day and viewing it from my lounge window.   It does, however, seem to look after itself.  At the moment it is being battered badly by the wind blowing up from the sea front, and the Buddleia is almost sideways at the moment with several broken branches.

This next photo, is not one of my best, but it will give you an idea of the wind that blows across the garden.   I planted three Sunflowers “Jammie Dodger” that are suppose to be multiflowered and only grow to about 4ft.  At the moment, they are just a tasty snack for any passing snail.   The Iceberg rose, as usual, is thriving despite whatever weather comes its way.

It has been a pleasure to share my garden and End of Month View with you and now I am going to visit the other EOMV gardens and I hope you will do the same.   Thank you Helen from Patient Gardener for hosting this monthly meme.    Fingers crossed now for some warmth and sun in July.

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