We complained about the endless rain in April and May and now gardens are suffering from relentless scorching heat with temperatures as high as 31c. We seem to be experiencing more extremes in our weather even though June is often referred to as ‘flaming June’, last month was exceptional.
July is usually another busy month but hopefully interspersed by moments when we can sit and rest and admire the beauty of the garden. Well this year the heat is so great we have to take time out!
Early flowering shrubs and herbaceous plants will need cutting back after flowering to encourage fresh growth. Deadhead roses, peonies and pansies. Divide flag irises every three or four years but remember they like a dry well drained position and if replanting make sure the rhizome is not completely buried. Orientate them north/south with the leaf fan at the north so that the rhizome can be baked in the sun.
Now is a good time to divide clumps of daffodils; either replant straight away or dry them off for replanting in August /September.
The vegetable plot should be producing good results now but think about succession sowing of lettuce, beetroot , turnip and early maturing carrots. Pinch out growing tips of runner beans once they have reached the top of the their supports. Water potatoes to ensure a heavier crop.