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My Garden & Allotments in June 2013

The month started off with temperatures of around 10°C (50°F) rising into the 20's (70's) in the middle of the month, then dropped again to around 10°-15°C (50°- 60°F) towards the end of the month.

Rainfall was minimal during the first three weeks of the month then a substantial amount fell around the 21st / 22nd.

From then on the weather remained unsettled for the remainder of the month.

We are now about half way through the year and I have estimated that plant growth is roughly a couple of weeks behind what I experienced in the past two or three years at this time.

Based on my prediction last month, I would say most plants have picked up a week to ten days progress on last month, so that has to be encouraging!

Normally I would be harvesting Strawberries at this time of the year, but this year I picked my first ripe strawberry on the 24th and it looks like it will be around another ten to fourteen days before the bulk of the fruit is ready for harvesting!

Brassicas and Potatoes seem to be doing quite well but my Sweet Peppers and Sweetcorn are struggling a bit, but I am hopeful, particularly if we get another spell of warm weather that I will harvest a near normal crop.....fingers crossed!

Since doing a complete make over of my back garden in 2011 I am not as as dependent on annual bedding plants as I once was, which this year I have found to be a blessing.

The few that I have grown have suffered in this unsettled weather.

For example they have suffered dryness at the roots through lack of rain thus necessitating manual watering.

Manual watering I find, is not as good for the plants as rain is, particularly if the nights turn unduly cold after the intense heat of the day as it did on a number of occasions this month.

But not to worry, plants are are quite resilient, and hopefully they will pull through for me to photograph and display them in next month's blog!

As always with my blogs I like to show progress in my garden and on my allotments with photgraphs rather than with text.

I find that by looking at pictures taken in previous years, I can make realistic comparisons of progress (or lack off) for this year against previous years.

Plus! As the saying goes: 'a picture paints a thousand words' it means I don't have to rely on my memory, which between you and me is questionable at the best of times. :o)

The panoramic picture below shows how my garden looked towards the end of the month.

Click on it to reveal how various other parts of the garden looked at different times in the month.





..... for the benefit of those readers who would like to take a closer look, click on this picture >>



As I mentioned above, my garden had a makeover recently and is still not how I would like it!

To this end, I am currently growing on various perennials to fill the various gaps in my garden, particularly in the front garden.

As you can see I have quite a number of plants growing on in my coldframe and some perennial seeds in the process of germinating in my greenhouse!

The Cactus are just a few hobby plants I am having a go with!



I have recently purchased a collection of Gesneriads which are proving to be interesting plants.

With these, and a few other pot plants and cut flowers, I am able to maintain a bit of colour around the house as you can see here


Aeschynanthus -

Scooby Doo

Streptocarpus

saxorum

Columnea x banksii -

Goldfish Plant

 

Kalanchoe



 

Amarylus

 

Pelargoniums

 

Vase of Flowers

 

Sweet Peas



So much for my garden and indoor plants, now it is time to discuss my allotments!

As I mentioned above the late winter weather is still having an affect on the progress of some of my planting on the allotments.

I am finding that some of the stuff I am growing is a way behind what I would expect for this time of the year!

Add to this the fact that I have had a complete crop failure with my Garden Peas as are some other plot holders who purchased our seeds from the same supplier.

The supplier has promised to supply us with replacement seeds, so hopefully we will still be able to produce a crop this season.

Perhaps the lateness of the season might play in our favour, and who knows ? things might work out quite well in the end......watch this space!

This weekend is our Annual Open day (29th) on the Allotments, when many of the plot holders with their friends and family get together and have a some refreshments and discuss events on the plots since the last get together, and any plans we have for the remainder of the year, an AGM if you like.

As some of my regular readers may recall, the plot holders got together and built a Butterfly Garden three years ago, and a Bug Hotel which we affectionally call Bughingham Palace two years ago.

Well I am pleased to say the garden is now beginning to mature, which you can see by clicking on the picture..>>

ps. For those people who did not see my original blog on the construction and naming of Bugingham Palace please click here:

...........and that concludes my 'blog' for June 2013





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