June's a time of abundance in a garden. Everything's flourishing, all leafy green and flowering or producing fruits or veggies. Well ... not quite everything.
As well as the successes - a handful of juicy strawberries freshly picked for breakfast each morning, pods of broad beans waiting to be picked, verbena I've grown from seed shooting upwards, plus a trio of stunning sunflowers - there're the not-so-goods.
Firstly, the blackfly infestation that's made itself at home in the front garden and I've spotted in the back garden now too. Nasty little things clustered around the heads of the foxgloves and zinnias. A friend offered to zap 'em with an insecticide, but I do try to garden organically. So I'll try the hot water and washing up liquid method later on, see if that deters them.
I'm not sure if it's the blackfly or something else that's bothering the gooseberry bush I turfed out of its container and planted in the front garden. Maybe it's not happy in the position I've put it in, or maybe it's the soil. I don't know, but it's increasingly bare of leaves, just lots of forlorn spikes.
Then there're the thyme seedlings. I'd planted the teeny delicate things in a crack in some paving, hoping they'd flourish and spread across the stones. But I noticed yesterday they're virtual goners. Again, don't know if insects have munched them for dinner, or whether something else got to them. Oh well, I'll have to try again. Maybe next time I'll leave the seedlings in pots until they're more robust before planting out. That might at least give them a fighting chance of survival.
So much of gardening is trial 'n' error, but thankfully seeds are cheap and so is potting compost. There's only so much you can learn through books and websites. Better to just have a go and educate yourself through your successes and failures.
What's blooming in your garden right now? And just as importantly, what's not done well and have you figured out why?
Moved from a garden-less city flat in the South West to a Yorkshire village in 2016. I now have a garden ... of sorts.