GARDEN -JUNE 20

Planted Erigeron karvinskianus ‘Sea of Blossom’ many thanks Holly and Martin for the plant which should spread. Evening Primrose in blossom (also one plant in the road gutter where it joins barley and fennel!) with sage, thyme and rosemary blossoming and also cornflowers, fetch, dandelions, night scented stock and morning glory. Fennel doing well. basil on window sill has something attacking it – the same as the chillies in the conservatory. Red basil and lemon basil and coriander and greek basil all coming on.

I will get new soil and repot mother-in-laws tongue as both are about a metre high. I think others may need repotting. Tomatoes are forming – maybe a week or 10 days. A few raspberries

GARDEN PLANTING

Well more seeds in 60 pots of red basil, lemon basil and Korean mint – coriander seems to be growing well, and greek basil (I like basil) is catching up – in total about 90npots with seeds, a nice warm spell would be good. Tomatoes are all looking good in the greenhouse and tiny in front of house. Night scented stock in flower. Roses are abundant maybe I will get another couple of bushes? I have put camomile in bigger pot together with ginger mint. And I have planted some fat baby seeds. Raspberries are spreading across the ‘former’ lawn!

I will transplant some different mints for the shop – I wonder if I could do a bit of the Corsican Mint, lemon balm, chocolate mint, Bowles mint, spearmint, and the rest? Maybe 3 at a time?

Garden

Weather has been good for growing – regular light showers and warm although it could have been a bit warmer. Tomato plants have first flowers, as do the lemon trees. just made lemon pound cake – nice. New plants soon!

Oranges

Juiciest oranges and organic too. Direct from the farmer via https://www.crowdfarming.com/en. I have had avocado, lemons, juice, onions, clementines – all top quality and helping the farmer

THYME

12 thymes -orange spice; barona;snowdrift;magic carpet; wine and roses; rainbow falls; archers gold; lime; woolly; lemon; English Winter; Creeping Purpl. Plus Chamomile; hot and spicy oregano; mojito mint; ginger mint; pineapple mint, golden lemon verbena.

WILD GARDENING

Just planted out wallflowers, French marigolds, dill, Californian poppies, calibrachoa, morning glory, and some plants that I am unsure of! Tomato plants in greenhouse doing well, sweet basil now in kitchen – I might put some out if we have a hot spell. Mints are growing after the winter with lemon balm being the most outstanding at the moment. Concerned about verbena (lemon, and golden lemon) but patience needed in gardening.

Also a sense of humour – after planting out I needed to water them – so a quick squirt with the hosepipe and top up the watering can – hosepipe fell out of said watering can and whilst the pipe eluded me the – the jet did not – effing soaked – I had to change!

Time to plant some veg in the greenhouse?

Both neighbours have shaved their lawns and not a dandelion in sight. I hope the pesticides do not contaminate my garden. Ladybirds were on borage.

SPRING

Migrating birds reported to be 3 weeks late in arriving. It is still chilly and some frost around in early morning. But NO MOW MAY is here. It rained today which was unusual, and looks like being mainly dry for the rest of the month although occasional showers – brilliant typical British weather forecast! Warmer than average seems to be colder than the average I remember!

MINT

I think all 23 mint varieties have survived the winter and I am going to start drying them and the thyme and sage varieties, and lemon verbena, lemon balm.

Also planing for pickles, relishes, chutneys, ketchups and sauces using tomatoes and the herbs in the garden.