Gertie’s Garden Diary, June, 2017.
By the end of May, Blue Geraniums were flowering on Blue Hill, and so far the fox cubs haven’t dug up the three new ones I planted … hope for next year!
Nelly Moser Clematis at the corner of Dom’s tool shed has flowered profusely. At first it gave fluffy double blooms and then followed with stunning single petals. A pink rose [a worms’-eye view] catches the eye from the balcony.
It’s pretty and colourful, always the better for many leaf shapes and greens.
We have discovered a frog. She appeared at the end of May, and we saw her again today, June 5th. We call her Courgette.
Plum coloured Heuchera is flowering profusely by Tiny Pond.
In the evening it’s sometimes possible to see a fox cub sitting and fidgeting on the bench, or mooching around Blue hill. It has very furry soft looking ears.
On the afternoon of 7th, There were flurries of activity in the Holly tree and a young Blue Titmouse, clung to the peanuts holder, buffetted by the wind but determined to get the hang of it. It still had scruffy, fluffy baby feathers sticking out all over!
On the 8th, I spotted a Goldfinch sitting in the Holly tree and managed a quick pic before it flew off. I wonder if it will bring more family with it from across the road, chez Bobs and Maria? Usually there is a big family of goldfinches living in the massive tree in the garden next door to them, above where some foxes were living last year!
I haven’t seen the Vixen since May 31st … here she was last spotted in the back car park following a cub which had hidden underneath a parked vehicle. She looked a bit tired and swollen but otherwise okay.
The garden itself is fast filling out with massed leaves, blooming flowers and colours. Most days I have to prune, dead-head and sweep. Sunshiny areas are as ever, intermittent, and It’s difficult getting the plants that need more sun in the best place for a share of it.
Most June days to 10th have been wet, blowy and cold, resulting in the first flush of spring blooms to scurry away fast … but they are coming back as the inclement weather gradually abates and June expectations reappear..
13.06.2017 … Like the skies, so sweetly picked out by the cameraperson over the Roland Garros courts last weekend, we have followed with this lovely sweep over the roof last night …..
….. and today , for the third day running it has been dry and warm, necessitating watering the garden again with the hose pipe.
I spotted the Vixen and Cub loping through the car park, through the bushes and into the Wreck Sunday evening. The cub following her quite closely.
It’s now past the Summer Solstice and the days should gradually be getting shorter. We have officially completed a Heat Wave, where temperatures yesterday reached a barely bearable 35 degrees with no breath of fresh air in the garden. I water each morning, in an attempt to keep the slugs and snails at bay. The foxes I haven’t seen on camera since the weekend. Last Friday, just before he went to hospital, Dom filled in the entrance to their den on his side of the shed, so this may have been a signal for the cub to find another home. Little birds, amongst them young Titmice of various kinds and young Robins and Blackbirds, come to the water dish by the den.
More flowers bloom each day, and I enjoy welcoming back old friends, even sometimes forgotten returnees, like Jacob’s Ladder, and a pink Clematis.
Once again the front garden room is scented with Privet blossom …. old favourites are back in bloom ….. and I have a healthy-looking Tanacetum, Feverfew, next to the Sweet Cicely.
I did, after all, bring some blue geraniums back from the Pres garden, and they are now flowering, along with couple of pretty blue ‘Night Sky’ petunias I rescued from B&Q!
I am relieved that I didn’t murder all my Penstemons, and now creamy Jasmine, over Dom’s shed and the Arbour, vies with Honeysuckle and Privet for scent.
Last year I had a lot of trouble on the roses with Black Spot, but this year it has almost gone … Am keeping a close eye, ripping off affected leaves and disposing of them in rubbish, and watering largely from underneath , not over the leaves. Buddleia , butterfly bait, is about to burst into bloom ….. which is great as I spotted a swift-fluttering Red Admiral in the heat yesterday!
At last too, there is a Hollyhock.
… and we have fruit … a little … but next year I shall make more effort to get it right!
On 19th, saw frog again … New plants are happy … Roses still lovely.
I loved the way rising sun shone through the red-backed leaves of Begonias this morning [23.06.2017 ]
A short, pink Foxglove has flowered behind Blue Hill, along with another blue geranium near to it….. brilliant!
With a week of June to go … what next?
Anne ….. June 24th 2017