We have received the following photographs from Christine Goodey for the Newsletter General Projects section 3.
As with the real show the entry is anonymous at the moment.
Diane Hayes has sent us this charming photo of the starlings enjoying her garden in the heat, a preferable bird activity to some we experience.
- Dig up remaining potatoes before slug damage spoils them.
- Start to reduce the frequency of houseplant watering.
- Clean out cold frames and greenhouses so that they are ready for use in the autumn.
- Plant spring flowering bulbs.
Following our call for members to send pictures and news of their gardens Christine Goodey has sent these beautiful images from her garden.
View of the patio – late March. In the foreground are our little “family” of animals. I am particularly fond of Pedro the donkey who has been carrying flowers for me in Spring, Summer and Autumn for about 40 years.
Rosa Xanthina “Canary Bird”. This rose is unusual because it flowers in April once, but for about 3 weeks and has a lovely lemon scent. I have shown it in our Spring show more than once.
Rosa “Red Devil” – early June. This is an excellent Hybrid Tea rose and has won many prizes.
Rosa “Lady of Shallot” – early June. An English Rose bred by David Austin. It is never out of flower from June to December.
Rosa “Rhapsody in Blue” and Ox-Eye daisies – early June.
Delphinium “Min” – late June. Supplied by Blackmore and Langdon of Bristol as a rooted cutting about 15 years ago. This plant has won prizes several times in our Summer Show. Total height of the spike and stalk is 6ft.
In the early days of “lockdown” one of our members received a magazine with a free selection of seeds. A small space where there used to be a scruffy lawn and a few containers later they have a wide variety of vegetables to supplement the rhubarb, potatoes, courgettes and beans that they usually grow. In this area are sprouts, leeks, swedes, beetroots, cauliflowers, fennel and kohl rabi.
Three varieties of lettuce plus chard, rocket and mizuna have kept them fully supplied with salad greens since May. All this for the price of a magazine. Bargain!
- Deadhead flowering plants regularly.
- Collect seed from garden plants.
- Watering. Particularly containers and new plants.
- Feed the soil with green manures.
- Water tubs and new plants if dry, but be water wise.
- Pick courgettes before they become marrows.
- Give the lawn a quick acting summer feed, especially if not fed in spring.
- Order catalogues for next year’s spring flowering bulbs.