A quick post this week as I’ve got lots of revising to do for my next set of RHS exams on 22 June! I didn’t want to get out of the new rhythm though, so here’s six things to ponder this week for Six on Saturday.
It’s been a week of showers and sunny spells, quite pleasant really and perfect as far as the garden is concerned. A bright moment for the first daylily of the year, I don’t know which cultivar of Hemerocallis this is, but I do know it’s done some travelling – from our first rented house in Brussels, to my mother-in-law’s garden in Kent, and back here again. It could be Hemerocallis ‘Itinerant’.
This has been the year in which I’ve managed to grow sweet peas from seed successfully, hurrah! Instead of the usual fussing over them through winter as they get leggier and leggier, I picked up some mixed seeds from the garden centre, sowed in March, and here they are. They seem to like it in the former veg bed.
The arch is looking very floriferous. Here is Rosa ‘Compassion’ with Clematis viticella ‘Etoile Violette’ (you saw the close up last week) and just visible at the top, dainty little clematis ‘Betty Corning’. Party bunting is still out from last week’s little Jubilee tea party.
Now why can’t any of my plants stay upright? I added the white Astilbe last year to this shady eastern corner, where until now Geranium Rozanne has had free reign. Note the remarkably unnibbled Hostas above, and the copper tape round one pot (but not the other).
I mentioned I was revising for the RHS exams. One unit is on pests and diseases, and here I had a chance to practise diagnosis on this aubergine in the greenhouse at the allotment. I’ll let you have a try first:
So what did you think? Well, the mottling on the leaf is a potential sign of two-spotted spider mite damage. I did the trick of tapping the leaf with a white sheet of paper held beneath it, and sure enough miniscule little mites appeared on it. Remedial action has been to remove the worst-affected leaves, water well, increase the humidity in the greenhouse, and give the plant a good liquid feed (home-made nettle tea). I might need to give the leaves a quick treatment with a plant-oil-based product too.
Finally, one of the great pleasures of June is the berry harvest. The raspberries at the allotment are very tasty, as are the redcurrants, and I managed to save a few garden strawberries from the slugs. Served with a simple almond sponge cake and cream, the taste of summer!
Have a great weekend!