Blue Daisy Blog
Blue Daisy blog written by Nicki Jackson - for news, views, garden design, gardening and plant observations and thoughts.
This is the time we usually get to relax and enjoy our gardens with the first vegetables ready to harvest, flowers in full bloom and long summer nights to appreciate our hard work! This year has been different with the recently dubbed 'European Monsoon' playing havoc with our gardens. All the rain has left our plants super-lush but 'late' in many respects and many of our clients are reporting a bit of a struggle to play catch up this year. Fingers crossed we'll get some of that famous flaming June weather later in the month (though if long term forecasts are anything to go by don't hold your breath on that!). As such we might be struggling to get the lovely balmy evening scents that June can often bring with it.
If the sun does come out to play make sure that plants in greenhouses, conservatories and windowsills get some good ventilation and shading protection too to make sure they’re not scorched.
It's still not too late to do the 'Chelsea chop' on parts of some of your late flowering perennials - doing this will help stagger and prolong their flowering period. Early flowering perennials like geraniums can also benefit from the Chelsea chop they'll reward you with a second flush of flowers later in the summer.
Try to keep up good garden hygiene by deadheading when you can. And slugs, snails, aphids, greenfly and blackfly, to name but a few, are really active at this time of year so keep your eyes open and deal with them at the first signs of activity which normally works in most cases.
Although it would be lovely to say you have nothing to do now, it’s not true; there are still lots of routine jobs that need doing to keep your garden looking vibrant.
Nicki Jackson is Blue Daisy's garden designer & owner. A former HR consultant Nicki still finds the time to run Blue Daisy, design gardens and planting plans, write a blog, keep our gardening clients happy and offer IIP advice and outplacement support through Blue Daisy Consultancy.