Gertie’s Garden Diary June 2016 … Part Two, from June 7th …
Gertie’s Garden Diary June 2016
Part Two, from June 7th …
There was a big thunderstorm and heavy rain on Tuesday p.m. 7th June.
Indoors, in the Glassroom, these flowers are dripping sticky nectar.
Outside, I am glad that I have put some into a basket … nectar for the bees and butterflies.
There are currently 9 bean sprouts, and I scattered a little slug bait today, 8th June.
We had rain and thunder again, though less than yesterday; sodden roses! …
9th June: Gorgeous sunny day! Now ten bean shoots … yippee! [ and, she whispers, the slug bait is doing its job]…and Love these clematis.
It’s now June 11th, and has rained much of the afternoon. For the second time I have been out around midnight collecting snails and slugs. They are all in a bag destined for the Tip! The half-shell of melon is a good trap!
Yesterday I sat on the bench by the Blue Hill and just looked and pondered. There was a spider’s nest in the upturned bowl of the cloche I had left on the bench. It was filled with tiny spiders that ran about because I had disturbed them. Even baby spiders are cute!
I have concluded that holly leaves are falling after turning yellow and splodgy because they too have a malady:- Holly Leaf spot. I have been looking it up, and apparently the tree should recover if I treat it ….. like the roses, collect and DON’T compost the leaves!
I have also learnt that , on the whole, wood lice aren’t particularly pesky either.
From all this trauma it is evident why I would never buy my compost from the Municipal Tip!
During the afternoon I watched, [from the open front door] a young family of Great Titmice, a pair of Robins and a Dunnock, plus a female Blackbird all twittering around the feeders and more often, the baskets and the holly tree. It was quite amusing to see the little Titmice balancing on the swaying twigs as they landed on them. The birds were clearly enjoying an ‘After-shower’ party! Eventually they were joined and somewhat ousted by the arrival of Squidge, grappling with the nuts feeder!
Today, 12th June, it is raining again, after a brief respite from overnight rain this morning. I shall keep an eye on the garden fruit and find some old net curtains for their protection!
Happy 100 Birthday to my friend, Flora today X … the Queen remembered too J
Am glad that yesterday, I put that little green caterpillar in a bag for the Tip: I think it may have been a Diamond Back Moth larva, and I would prefer to hang on to the few crops I have!! No watering necessary, as it’s chucking it down!
30 Days Wild post arrived today, better late than never I suppose
17.06.2016 … more bugs found today … this dead Crane Fly,[ beautiful wings] reminding me of one year when I kept finding their larvae in the orchard in Normandy …..
… and a very weak Stag Beetle, on its back on the front doorstep, which I rescued and cleaned up as she was enmeshed in cobwebs! Later I put her onto an old log where she disappeared down a crack behind bark. They live for but one year apparently.
On the 18th, we spotted Foxy dozing in the car park behind housing at the back.
Also I sowed Jane’s foxglove seeds after cleaning the top shelf of the cold frame. Monty’s old cat trays make good, deep seed trays.
The balcony pelargoniums, over-wintered again, are bright and colourful, but with very few significant leaves.
It has rained frequently overnight, slugs’n’snails reign supreme and rotten holly leaves continue dropping off the branches; nevertheless the garden looks bright, green-wrapped and full of colour. I am glad that I let the Herb Robert stay in a basket….. what a glorious red ‘old age’ its leaves have! All this and lots more, on 20th June.
Midsummer Day, and … a blue geranium, [with the pink, now not flowering any more].
It’s very colourful and busy in the GGJungle!
22nd June Foxy was curled up on the car parking behind the Glassroom again this afternoon ….. and there is continuing garden colour and texture.
Hydrangea is bushy, though not blue. I have doused it with coffee grains to no avail?
Red Valerian from Somerset is gorgeous and like the pink, an insect ‘puller’.
Where whites aren’t supplied by flowers or leaves they are often in the glowing gaps as you look up to the sky.
The runner beans are at long last curling up the bean poles. The small amount of slug bait I have used carefully around edges of the raised bed, seems to have helped.
On Midsummer Day we took another load to the Tip. Since then we have had torrential rain over two nights; at least I need not water, except the Barmy Baskets under the trees’ shelter . I have to keep a sharp lookout for slugs and snails on the baskets too, as some of the Petunia and Begonia leaves are being nibbled! Darned molluscs are good climbers! Have had lots of bees but none with special number plates on their backs, yet.
Looking back over June, it’s been a very wet month, not many butterflies, but a few birds, including a family of little Blue Titmice busily exploring the feeders, the trees and the baskets. I saw a speckled baby robin on 21st which made me smile. Young crows, which have nested in the Sycamore tree make a racket: they have young, higher-pitched voices than their parents … quite funny! There has been constant sweeping, pruning and bag-filling daily, and it will never be tidy, just look at these footprints in soil washed onto the path by the overnight rain! … Fox? Ginger Tom?
Still, it is colourful so will be grateful for that!
All the cherries have disappeared, seemingly overnight … you have to wonder?
I am worried about the state of the cherry tree too, its branches seem to be bleeding sticky sap. …
Nevertheless there are ripening red currants and a few blueberries tucked under the leaves.
Strawberries need more straw to nestle in on. It looks as if those that escape through the netting are being picked off by something! Tiny-ness does not stop snails from nibbling!
One week of June left, and my thoughts are way west with a wet Glastonbury, poor souls.
So, too much heavy rain has left things looking a bit battered here too, a mixed month for June, but I bet/hope that they will brighten up again soon.
Anne ….. 23.06.2016