June Gardening Tips
When I was young, June was the exam month. Why was there always a lawn mower going while you sat in the exam hall? Now that association is a distant memory, I am free to enjoy June as one of the most beautiful months in the garden. After all, it is the peak of the rose season.
This year, with that very cold dry April and cold wet May, my garden is somewhat behind. I think I will have to wait a couple more weeks until the roses are at their peak. However, the damp soil is a bonus because it gives the opportunity to carry on planting successfully, at a time of year when you can really see and take note of where the gaps are in borders.
Here are a few ideas for your gardening to do list…
Usually I would recommend planting bedding plants, perennials and vegetables now and watering them well. But I would be more cautious about other subjects. However, if you are prepared to be vigilant with the watering throughout the summer, I think planting climbers and shrubs is still on the cards this year given the high moisture content of the soil is at the moment.
Summer bedding plants can be planted out in borders, containers and hanging baskets. Water containers and baskets regularly, ideally once a day in dry weather early in the morning or in the evening to prevent scorch. Liquid feed them once a week.
Deadheading roses to encourage more flowers and feed roses that have finished flowering to encourage a second flush of flower later on. Taller perennials and annuals may need staking.
If you are feeling adventurous try taking some soft wood cuttings of Fuchsia, Deutzia and Cotoneaster and leaf bud cuttings of Clematis.
Prune early flowering shrubs such as Deutzia, Philadelphus, Weigela, Kerria and flowering currants that have finished flowering. Cut them back to a healthy bud.
Clip evergreen hedges such as Box, Privett, Leyland cypress, Yew and Lonicera nitida, as well as Earth up potatoes when the foliage reaches approximately 6-9 inches in height.
Do not worry if apples start to drop small fruits. This is called June Drop and is a natural thinning process – often leaving a good crop of apples on the tree. Soft fruit may need protecting from the birds
There is still time to feed the lawn and tackle weeds and moss if you have not already done so.
Above all, I hope you can take time to enjoy your garden this month. The sight and scent of flowers, the gentle hum of insects and chirruping of birds make for an intoxicating mix.