Summer is suddenly here. Hot and humid. Gardening must be done early to avoid the heat and mosquitoes. Tasks need to be broken into small, manageable segments or there is overheating and tantrums.
Six things on this ‘dangerously hot’ Saturday that make me smile. 1. Prune. Before the heatwave my big old rose Cuisse de Nymphe had a major renovation prune in order to keep it in check but also to remove a lot of fossilised old wood from the base.
Here’s the pile of clippings waiting to be chipped up on a cooler day. I hope to promote stronger young growth that won’t flop around so much. The thorns are evil, especially when they get you in the scalp as you meander by with a cup of coffee at daybreak.
2. Plant. I have been trying to extend my flowering season into summer. These Shasta daisies and gaura should complement the hydrangeas in the hottest months.
3. Sow. I don’t direct sow many things as we have a very strong critter contingent, but these Shirley and opium poppies are exceptions I would never be without.
4. Harvest. Surprisingly Winter Density lettuce continues despite the heat. The first blueberries of the season. The birds start screaming at me the minute I open the netting to harvest the berries.
5. Grow. An experimental Charentais melon in a big pot. Growing at a rapid rate up the bannister of my deck stairs. Lots of flowers but so far no melons.
6. Bloom. I try to get as much blue as possible in my gardens. I leave you with this lovely Endless Summer/Nigella damascena combination.
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