Late June 2022 – Everything is Rosy

I was only able to garden for one day out of the three that comprised my weekend, making it imperative that I cram as much as possible into the Sunday. I think I gave a reasonable account of myself. Saturday was taken up with torrential and much needed rain. Sunday was overcast but warm and dry, so perfect for a good long stint of gardening. I did a lot of tying in, a huge amount of cutting back and a gratifying amount of harvesting, ably supported by Chief Engineer (also on cutting back duties) and the Under-Gardener (on sniffing and snoozing duties, with the occasional bout of enthusiastic tail-wagging). Sufficient pauses were taken to smell the roses.

The Boss is brandishing the weed burner and I don’t trust that thing.
I was up a stepladder deadheading the rose arch and tying in the new growth when I thought the view up the garden from there would make a nice shot, so I climbed down to find my phone (it’s a long way back to the house!) and snapped one. It’s a shame it was such an overcast day!
Gertrude Jekyll has the best scent…
…but I think The Generous Gardener is ever so slightly prettier.
The elder is covered in black fly… but it is also covered in ladybird larvae! They are not terribly easy to see in this pic, they just look like black blobs, but trust me, I have never seen so many in one place before.
The flowers on these peas are so pretty. This pea is from a friend, I think it’s called revejo or something similar. It is a very old variety, used for drying and storing as a pulse for soups and stews. It’s delicious and I grew nowhere near enough last year so I’ve grown loads this year, along with lots of other legumes for drying.
I lifted the first of the potatoes today. There’s always at least one that gets speared by the fork! The yield isn’t amazing but they’re nice spuds (we had them for tea and I can confirm they’re delicious). These are Red Duke of York. I think I may have lifted them slightly early, as I remember I was a little later than planned getting them in, because it was cold, and in the end I used a cloche to give them a bit of protection (and a good job too, as we did have some frosts just after I planted those first ones). I’ve left a few other plants of the same variety in, so I’ll wait a bit longer before lifting any more. The soil was quite dry, despite me having watered, so it’s possible I under-estimated just how thirsty they are and this has also affected yield. Overall, I’m reasonably pleased with these, I think I’ve improved on last year’s performance already.
I have improved my pelargonium husbandry with judicious pruning and feeding.
Apples coming along nicely on the newest tree. I’m not sure I’m meant to let it fruit in its early years, actually. At the very least I should probably thin these fruitlets.
I’m pleased with this. A hole cut in the leylandii hedge with a mirror in it on an angle creates the illusion of another garden beyond. I need to adjust the branches around the edges to obscure the mirror a bit more but I think it’s quite a fun effect.
That accidental miniature rose from David Austin is a real do-er, I love her.
The heat is bringing along the orange flowers of high summer. First lily has opened. I am ever alert to the menace of lily beetle, which has clearly been having a chow down on this when I’m not looking.
I thought it might be nice to share a view from above. This is the view from our bedroom window. That clematis armandii on the pergola is a sickly looking thing. I blame the mole. I wonder if lining the planting hole with chicken wire might help to deter his earthworks around the roots?
The life of an Under-Gardener is unbelievably hard. Note cunning use of weasel toy as pillow. He did that himself. He’s no fool. Above right in the black pot, the lemon tree I grew from a pip, now 7 years old;centre, two pots of perennialising blue lobelia, also grown from seed which was free with a magazine, so that’s exceptionally good value; centre in the teal pot, a circis someone else grew from seed which I intend to plant against a wall and train eventually. Obviously this more than makes up for all the other plants that did not come to me free of charge!

Published by Notes from the Under-Gardener

Keen amateur gardener, tending a large home garden growing flowers, fruit and veg, ably supported by husband and dog.

2 thoughts on “Late June 2022 – Everything is Rosy

  1. A joy to read and see! What treasures and beauty. I love that flowered path—nice color combos and textures and the artichokes mixed in are a nice touch. Your food garden area is inspiring in it tidiness and bounty! And now I’m wondering where I can put a mirror in my garden. I can see that, indeed, the Under-Gardener has a tough life. 🙂 Adorable. Terrific post. One worth viewing again and again. Can I share it on my facebook page just for fun?

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