June 24, 2024
Gardening Tips from ‘The English Lady’ for June, ‘The Time of Perfect Young Summer’ (Gertrude Jekyll)

June is, ‘The Time of Fantastic, Youthful Summer’ (Gertrude Jekyll)

Maureen Haseley-Jones is “The English Woman.”

We have experienced a few interesting nights not long ago, which are just amazing and allow a single to rest with the home windows open.  I cannot don’t forget the past time we experienced a actual spring this kind of as we are going through this calendar year, with lots of mild rain. This useful rain is excellent for all the spring plant growth and this sort of a satisfaction to see.

I am so in awe of the wonder of Mom Mother nature the symbiotic romance concerning vegetation and all of God’s creatures.

As I appeared out of my window from my previous residence a several several years back,  I could see the buds opening on my 30-foot-prolonged stand of Peonies, which experienced been planted by the first home-owner in the early 1900s. That sight introduced to mind 1 of the symbiotic relationships, the pleasant partnership between ants and peonies.

I am often questioned, “Maureen, really should I worry about ants on my peonies?” The answer is, “That’s not a trouble, loads of ants on the peonies just demonstrate that you have nutritious crops with significant buds generating far more nectar, which for that reason, in convert, bring in the ants.”


A stand of peonies is usually spectacular.

Make confident Peonies get loads of drinking water and following blooming, use a gentle software of composted manure and check the soils PH which ought to be amongst 6.5 and 7..  It is difficult to destroy a superior peony border but you can err in the fertilizing process, so go quick on the organic aged manure.

Subsequent the bloom, do not slash the peonies down right until November, just after the first frost. Now, in early June, I pinched off the facet buds on my substantial stand of peonies, this guarantees significant blooms on the rest of the plant.


On the issue of ants if you see them “let them live,” for the reason that typically their existence implies that we have aphids all over and ants feed off aphids extremely helpful creatures.

Another practical creature in wars versus pests is the lowly toad. I recommend placing some toad homes in and around your border.  You may possibly acquire toad residences from the backyard garden heart if you so motivation. Or you can do as I do which is to use an previous clay pot that is cracked and make guaranteed that the crack is two to a few inches extensive for the door so the toad can enter. Also place a small saucer as a ground under the pot with some rocks, which you retain moist, so that your pleasant lousy bug eater has his or her best residence ecosystem.


Mulch your gardens this month when the ground has warmed up to 55 degrees.  When mulching, choose care mulching all-around trees. Implement the mulch at least 6 inches from the base of the trunk, any closer can boost rot and sickness in the tree by itself. Any trees that are mulched far too deeply in close proximity to the trunk invite mice and other rodents to come in buy to nest and gnaw on the trunk.

Your backyard can be mulched to a depth of between two and 3 inches.  I desire good dark brown hardwood mulch but be sure to do not use dyed pink mulch, hold the back garden purely natural, not looking like a Disney theme park.


June is the month when Roses get started to bloom.  I like David Austin roses, I locate these roses are the most -difficulty absolutely free Roses and offer so significantly reward remaining repeat bloomers with amazing fragrances.

Some of my favorites are:

  • ‘A Shropshire Lad,’ a soft peachy pink
  • ‘Abraham Darby,’ with blooms demonstrating a mix of apricot and yellow
  • ‘Fair Bianca,’ a pure white
  • ‘Heritage,’ a soft very clear pink

And my favored ‘Evelyn’, which has big apricot flowers in a saucer condition and the fragrance is next to none with a luscious fruity tone, reminding me of fresh new peaches and apricots.

Feed your roses with composted manure, retaining the manure and mulch about six inches absent from the foundation of the rose, then introducing a several more inches of manure as soon as a thirty day period right until mid-August, at that time quit feeding for the roses to carefully shift into a slow dormancy.

Japanese beetles are quite attracted to roses as a result, any Japanese beetle traps need to be placed significantly absent from your borders on the perimeter of the assets.

A idea for maintaining lower roses clean: minimize the roses in the early morning and slice just higher than a five-leaf cluster and position stems in a container of lukewarm h2o. Inside of the property, recut the stems to deliver a a single-and-a-50 {ae4c731f0fa9ef51314dbd8cd1b5a49e21f1d642b228e620476f3e076dd7c050} inch angular slash, under warm managing water, then location lower roses in a vase crammed with heat drinking water.

Do not remove the thorns on cut roses. I have located that removing the thorns, reduces their indoor lifestyle by as a lot as a few times.


Blue hydrangeas. Photo by Gemma Evans on Unsplash.

These will need plenty of water, (in the fields where by they had been observed increasing near to h2o and classified as a wetland plant right before they ended up introduced into our gardens), also implement aged manure about the Hydrangeas, have them spaced at minimum 4 feet aside for very good air flow, which will assistance to prevent mildew and plant them in whole solar. If you have blue Hydrangea macrophylla and want a extra vibrant shade of blue, insert some peat moss on best of the manure, the peat is acidic and will make a lovely shade of blue.


Common pruning as a result of spring and summer season is the principal factor to help this arrogant vine to flower by that I signify prune numerous times for the duration of the period. Prune every single two months at least 6 inches on each individual stem.

Clematis wilt:

If you have this problem with clematis, you will discover it early because the shoots wilt and die. This disorder is unachievable to get rid of, as it is soil borne, so it is not possible to plant a further clematis of that species in that place of the backyard.

Having said that, you can plant the Viticella clematis collection these are vigorous, free of charge flowering blooms and are not inclined to wilt.  Some great choices in this assortment are Blue Belle, Etoile Violette, both of those are purple and Huldine, which is white,

Container Gardens:

Unanticipated objects can make appealing plant containers. Photograph by Annie Spratt on Unsplash.

If you have home for a single pot, you have home for a quantity positioned close collectively in distinct designs and sizes, they can generate your individual miniature backyard garden.

Apart from standard pots, the most surprising objects make exciting containers. A pal, who reduce down trees this past wintertime, left the stumps and hollowed them out to make containers, one particular substantial and two smaller sized stumps alongside one another, an intriguing combo.

At the similar time look in your basement, get rid of or barn to see if you have an outdated wheelbarrow, even if it has a wheel missing it will current an unusual angle as a planter.

Or you may possibly appear across a substantial, chipped ceramic jar (I, in reality, have an aged two foot tall ceramic vinegar container, replete with a hole wherever the vinegar faucet was inserted, ideal for drainage), which will look fantastic on my newly-painted blue bench upcoming to my crimson milk get rid of.

Garden Care:

Do not forget about to include natural and organic grub control through July, so that you hold down the mole infestation remember no grubs, considerably less food items for the moles.

Powdery Mildew:

Retain an eye open up for powdery mildew, in particular immediately after a rain when humidity returns. In a sprayer, mix two tablespoons of baking soda, just one tablespoon of vegetable or horticultural oil in a gallon of h2o and spray the mildew.

Hydrangeas and Summertime phlox are specifically susceptible to be affected by this trouble. I propose Phlox Skip Lingard or Phlox David, white types of the species, which are the most mildew resistant. Monarda, usually regarded as Bee Balm, is also afflicted by the mildew the one particular I have located to be the most resistant is “Cambridge Scarlet”.

Do be cautious when introducing Monarda into the yard this plant, like Purple Loosestrife and Night Primrose, is really invasive and can choose above your whole border.

Continue to with invasive vegetation, if you plant mint, plant it only in containers, or else mint will distribute all over your borders.

I hope these ideas are beneficial to you in this busy time of yr in the backyard. Extend, hydrate and love the burgeoning promise of your garden and I’ll see you subsequent month.

If you would like some much more gardening information, get hold of my son Ian at LandscapesbByIan.com. I am absolutely sure you would get pleasure from speaking with him as he is complete of knowledge considering the fact that, as the stating goes, “The apple does not tumble considerably from the tree.”

About the creator: Maureen Haseley-Jones is a member of a relatives of renowned horticultural artisans, whose landscaping heritage dates back again to the 17th century. She is just one of the founders, collectively with her son Ian, of, The English Lady Landscape and Home Corporation. Maureen and Ian are landscape designers and backyard specialists, who consider that everyone justifies to stay in an eco-mindful environment and get pleasure from the pleasure that it delivers. Maureen acquired her design and style skills from both equally her mom and grandmother, and honed her horticultural and development abilities while doing the job in the family nursery and landscape organization in the U.K. Her official horticultural education was carried out at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in Surrey.