June in the Garden
The arrival of June brings the start of summer and a celebration of all things British including Wimbledon, Asparagus, Strawberries, The Derby, Pimms, Glastonbury, Royal Ascot, Summer solstice, village fetes and not forgetting the Queens official birthday which is made all the more special as she celebrates 90 wonderful years!
The month of June is also when the garden is really comes into it’s own, many cottage plants are at there best and everything in the garden looks lush and full of promise, the sun is warm and frosty nights are (hopefully) a distant memory.
Flowers are plentiful and the gardener can sit back in the warm summer sun and admire their handiwork but you can’t rest for long as the grass keeps growing, pots need watering and weeds are abundant which will be self seeding!
Other than the mowing and weeding which are now weekly duties here are some other jobs which can be carried out this month: –
Check lilies for the dreaded lily beetle, these are easy to spot as the adults are bright red and the grubs a dirty orange colour, inspect the underside of leaves for the grubs, pick off adults and grubs and destroy by hand.
If you haven’t already done so hanging baskets can be planted up and put outside.
Annuals can be used to infill borders.
Tie in climbing/rambling plants such as honeysuckle and rambling roses not forgetting annual climbers such as sweet peas and morning glory.
Dead head roses regularly.
Check roses for suckers. Suckers are easy to spot as they come from the base of the plant and leaves are different from the main plant and stems are a brighter green pull these off as soon as you see them, if they don’t pull off then cut them but they could grow back.
Rhododendrons can be dead headed once the blooms have faded.
For other pruning jobs check out our monthly A-Z of things to Prune in June
Congested clumps of Flag Irises can be divided once they have finished flowering.
Cuttings of dianthus (Pinks) can be taken – if you don’t have any you can always buy a bunch from your local supermarket and take off the side shoots and pot these on.
Spring flowering bulbs that need to be moved due to overcrowding can be lifted once the foliage has died down or turned yellow – lift out of the ground and leave to dry in boxes, once dry the leaves can be removed the bulbs can then be stored in a cool place until the autumn.
Flower Seeds to Sow
Sow biennials such as Wallflowers, Sweet Williams and Canterbury Bells.