I've been super busy with job applications and other stuff this month so I've not done as much gardening as I wanted.
Also, there's this heat wave. I'm not a fan of it. I'm more a fan of sitting in front of my fan on the sofa to be honest.
But I've done a bit of gardening, so, onwards,
In the greenhouse I've got some tomatoes (tiny tim) and a courgette (verde di milano), no fruits from either yet but some flowers coming along. Everything seems slow again this year. I keep seeing other people eating their first tomato on Instagram, and I don't have any yet!
I'm really happy that the hydrangea in the front garden have flowered this year. They didn't last year because next door's magnolia tree was completely throwing them shade. A years worth of surreptitious snipping away at it has given the plants underneath a bit more of a chance.
I have a LOT of ground elder in this front border, I know it's going to be a pain to get rid of, and I quite like it's white flowers (and so do lots of insects!) so I think I'll mostly leave it be, but try to dig up a bit to stop it spreading any further!
Back to the back garden, there are broad beans broad beaning! I've planted lots of seeds directly into the soil in my main, mixed polyculture bed but nothing much has grown. I'm going to re-try some in pots in the greenhouse, I need some rainbow chard and perpetual spinach, and spring onions at least!
Out of all the perennial flower seeds I planted, only this one grew. At least it's a pretty one, it's a 'malva zebrina'.
And the first of my very favourite, obnoxiously bright nasturtiums has arrived too, hurray!
We were given garden centre vouchers as a wedding present, so we went to the posh garden centre which was a bit of a change from my usual favourite, Wilkos dead plant section! We came back with a Lavatera called 'songbird' that has pink and white flowers, and a Physocarpus 'midnight' which have filled a gap in the back of the main bed. I also found the dead plant section of the posh garden centre and came home with an armful of reduced herbs.
Most excitingly, my pepper (lipstick) has it's first pepper! Yey! I have 3 pepper plants, all the same type, and they're living in the conservatory which they seem to be happy with.
I've also had a month of chopping, all 3 wiegelas in the garden have been cut back, some more of next door's magnolia has been secretly snipped (alas, the more I snip it the bushier it grows back!), Joe sawed down the last of the fallen over pyrocantha that fell over when we had new fences and I've trimmed the catoneasters in the front garden too. At least 3 green bins full!
The only photo I have of the whole garden this month is this one. My husband is doing something DIY-ish in it, but there you go, at least you can see that at the moment we have lots of flowers, a few food plants - loads of strawberries, and some bare patches where nothing has grown!
I've also been sprinkling used coffee grounds around the garden, on my acid loving plants, compost bin and wormery! It's supposed to be a good soil improver! Can you see the berries on the blueberries and the flowers on my tomatoes (san marzano and mortgage lifter) and the weeds?! Ignore those weeds!
How are your gardens this month? I hope you're surviving the heat?!