I was recently asked to write a few words about summer gardening and so I thought I would share that with you:
The Summer can be the hardest season of all for gardening. After the rush of growth in late spring, keeping up with all the jobs to do to keep the garden looking just ‘right’ can seem like an uphill battle. There’s the weeding, the watering, the dead heading, the pruning, mowing, edging, hedge trimming, tying-in and more and more watering. The ground is often too hard to work and there’s always something you forgot to stake, by which time it is too late.
Then you have to contend with the ants, bees and horseflies, slugs, snails, rabbits, chickens and in some gardens even deer.
Children playing games and diving into the borders after lost balls and dogs digging holes and the neighbours cats – well I won’t even go there…
The sweltering heat and relentless sun can burn you up and slow you right down.
Then family and friends are outside enjoying being in the garden. Eating drinking and admiring your handiwork and all you can see are the jobs that still need to be done.
My top tip for summer gardening is stop look and listen. Sense the lingering perfumes on the air and the breeze wafting through the leaves and petals. See the light shining through all the different greens and coloured petals. Just enjoy the remarkable detail and structure nature has created from the tallest tree to the tiniest weed.
This is the most important thing to do in a gardeners year, as all too soon it is gone.
We have been enjoying the roses and the little Erigeron this week,
whilst spending plenty of time weeding.
Bea and Pauline are still happy even after a very hot day, I love these girls!
Pauline was in the greenhouse today staking tomatoes, here are her tips