The week or two ahead look unsettled with rain showers and sunny intervals. The day-time temperatures will vary between 17-20C degrees and night-time temperatures 11 or 12C degrees, winds will vary from direction but should remain moderate.
We certainly had a challenging last few weeks, very dry, little or no rain, light winds and very warm temperatures. The only positive of that period was that the lawn did not need to see the lawn mower! Now though the rains have arrived not much but the grass is growing yet again and greening up. With more rain to come it might be enough for the vegetables and the swelling of the fruit trees but we will keep an eye on our edibles and water them from our water butts which is preferable to tap water.
The dry period has taught me a lot about the plants we have in our garden. In years gone by we would have had the sprinkler out on the flower borders and the vegetable beds. In actual fact using the hose pipe I spend a fraction of time and water the plants that need watering which are not that many and with the vegetables too doing it by hose I water the plant directly and don’t waste water over the whole bed.
This time of year I look at the flower beds and see what works, where there is too much of one plant or if a plant would be suited elsewhere, I make notes what is to be moved etc. because when the time for planting in the autumn comes I would probably miss a number of them.
We have been successful with our wildflower meadows and there have been a number of insects, sadly no butterflies but the colours are very vivid. We have seen a lonely Red Admiral and a Grasshopper and in the evenings there are the bats to watch on their hunt for night flying moths. The gardens are vital and just as important as the natural world for keeping birds insects and mammals.
We are stopping the growth of the Tomatoes as they are reaching the height to stop them growing. Still plenty of deadheading of flowers to do daily, we need to cut back the new growth of the White and Red Currants and Gooseberry to two to five buds as well as pruning the Weigelias back to new growth further down the stems and remove the oldest stems.
We do feel privileged to have a garden which keeps us happy in mind and active in body. All we can do is respect and live in harmony with nature. Enjoying this month’s flowers and the bounty of the vegetable plots, there is nothing more enjoyable than digging up the first shaw of Potatoes and having home grown produce for your dinner.
Haugh Garden is an Open Scottish Garden that helps raise money for charity