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

Gardening Ideas from ‘The English Woman’ for June, ‘The Time of Good Younger Summer season’ (Gertrude Jekyll)

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June is, ‘The Time of Good, Younger Summer season’ (Gertrude Jekyll)

Maureen Haseley-Jones is “The English Woman.”

We’ve had a number of cool nights not too long ago, that are simply fantastic and permit one to sleep with the home windows open.  I can’t keep in mind the final time we had an actual spring similar to we’re experiencing this yr, with loads of light rain. This helpful rain is fantastic for all of the spring plant development and such a pleasure to see.

I’m so in awe of the miracle of Mom Nature; the symbiotic relationship between crops and all of God’s creatures.

As I regarded out of my window from my previous house a number of years in the past,  I may see the buds opening on my 30-foot-long stand of Peonies, which had been planted by the unique home-owner within the early 1900s. That sight delivered to thoughts one of many symbiotic relationships, the pleasant partnership between ants and peonies.

I’m typically requested, “Maureen, ought to I fear about ants on my peonies?” The reply is, “That’s not an issue, plenty of ants on the peonies simply display that you’ve wholesome crops with large buds producing extra nectar, which due to this fact, in flip, entice the ants.”


A stand of peonies is at all times gorgeous.

Be certain that Peonies get loads of water and after blooming, apply a lightweight utility of composted manure and test the soils PH which needs to be between 6.5 and seven.0.  It’s arduous to break a very good peony border however you may err within the fertilizing course of, so go straightforward on the natural aged manure.

Following the bloom, don’t reduce the peonies down till November, after the primary frost. Now, in early June, I pinched off the facet buds on my massive stand of peonies, this ensures large blooms on the remainder of the plant.


As regards to ants; in the event you see them “allow them to stay,” as a result of typically their presence signifies that we’ve got aphids round and ants feed off aphids; very helpful creatures.

One other helpful creature in wars in opposition to pests is the lowly toad. I counsel placing some toad homes in and round your border.  Chances are you’ll buy toad homes from the garden middle in the event you so want. Or you are able to do as I do which is to make use of an previous clay pot that’s cracked and be sure that the crack is 2 to 3 inches huge for the door so the toad can enter. Additionally put a small saucer as a ground underneath the pot with some rocks, which you retain damp, in order that your pleasant unhealthy bug eater has his or her ultimate house atmosphere.


Mulch your gardens this month when the bottom has warmed as much as 55 levels.  When mulching, take care mulching round timber. Apply the mulch a minimum of six inches from the bottom of the trunk, any nearer can promote rot and illness within the tree itself. Any timber which might be mulched too deeply close to the trunk invite mice and different rodents to return with a view to nest and gnaw on the trunk.

Your garden could be mulched to a depth of between two and three inches.  I desire superb darkish brown hardwood mulch however please don’t use dyed crimson mulch, hold the garden pure, not wanting like a Disney theme park.


June is the month when Roses start to bloom.  I desire David Austin roses, I discover these roses are essentially the most -trouble free Roses and provide a lot reward being repeat bloomers with fantastic fragrances.

A few of my favorites are:

  • ‘A Shropshire Lad,’ a comfortable peachy pink
  • ‘Abraham Darby,’ with blooms displaying a mix of apricot and yellow
  • ‘Honest Bianca,’ a pure white
  • ‘Heritage,’ a comfortable clear pink

And my favourite ‘Evelyn’, which has large apricot flowers in a saucer form and the perfume is second to none with a luscious fruity tone, reminding me of recent peaches and apricots.

Feed your roses with composted manure, conserving the manure and mulch about six inches away from the bottom of the rose, then including a number of extra inches of manure as soon as a month till mid-August, at the moment cease feeding for the roses to softly transfer right into a gradual dormancy.

Japanese beetles are very interested in roses due to this fact, any Japanese beetle traps needs to be positioned distant out of your borders on the perimeter of the property.

A tip for conserving reduce roses recent: reduce the roses within the early morning and reduce simply above a five-leaf cluster and place stems in a container of lukewarm water. Inside the home, recut the stems to supply a one-and-a-half inch angular reduce, underneath heat working water, then place reduce roses in a vase full of heat water.

Don’t take away the thorns on reduce roses. I’ve discovered that eradicating the thorns, reduces their indoor life by as a lot as three days.


Blue hydrangeas. Photograph by Gemma Evans on Unsplash.

These want loads of water, (within the fields the place they had been discovered rising near water and categorized as a wetland plant earlier than they had been launched into our gardens), additionally apply aged manure across the Hydrangeas, have them spaced a minimum of 4 ft aside for good air flow, which can assist to stop mildew and plant them in full solar. If in case you have blue Hydrangea macrophylla and desire a extra vibrant shade of blue, add some peat moss on prime of the manure, the peat is acidic and can produce a stunning shade of blue.


Common pruning by means of spring and summer season is the primary issue to assist this boastful vine to flower; by that I imply prune a number of occasions throughout the season. Prune each two weeks a minimum of six inches on every stem.

Clematis wilt:

If in case you have this downside with clematis, you’ll discover it early as a result of the shoots wilt and die. This illness is unimaginable to treatment, as it’s soil borne, so it’s not attainable to plant one other clematis of that species in that space of the garden.

Nonetheless, you may plant the Viticella clematis choice; these are vigorous, free flowering blooms and usually are not vulnerable to wilt.  Some good decisions on this selection are Blue Belle, Etoile Violette, each are purple and Huldine, which is white,

Container Gardens:

Sudden objects could make fascinating plant containers. Photograph by Annie Spratt on Unsplash.

If in case you have room for one pot, you may have room for a quantity; positioned shut collectively in several styles and sizes, they will create your personal miniature garden.

Other than common pots, essentially the most surprising objects make fascinating containers. A pal, who reduce down timber this previous winter, left the stumps and hollowed them out to make containers, one massive and two smaller stumps collectively, an fascinating combo.

On the similar time look in your basement, shed or barn to see in case you have an previous wheelbarrow, even when it has a wheel lacking it should current an uncommon angle as a planter.

Or chances are you’ll come throughout a big, chipped ceramic jar (I, in truth, have an previous two foot tall ceramic vinegar container, replete with a gap the place the vinegar faucet was inserted, ultimate for drainage), which can look nice on my newly-painted blue bench subsequent to my crimson milk shed.

Garden Care:

Don’t forget so as to add natural grub management by means of July, so that you just hold down the mole infestation; keep in mind no grubs, much less meals for the moles.

Powdery Mildew:

Maintain an eye fixed open for powdery mildew, particularly after a rain when humidity returns. In a sprayer, combine two tablespoons of baking soda, one tablespoon of vegetable or horticultural oil in a gallon of water and spray the mold.

Hydrangeas and Summer season phlox are notably susceptible to be affected by this downside. I like to recommend Phlox Miss Lingard or Phlox David, white ones of the species, that are essentially the most mildew resistant. Monarda, generally referred to as Bee Balm, can also be affected by the mold; the one I’ve discovered to be essentially the most resistant is “Cambridge Scarlet”.

Do watch out when introducing Monarda into the garden; this plant, like Purple Loosestrife and Night Primrose, is extraordinarily invasive and might take over your total border.

Nonetheless with invasive crops, in the event you plant mint, plant it solely in containers, in any other case mint will unfold all through your borders.

I hope these tips are helpful to you on this busy time of yr within the garden. Stretch, hydrate and benefit from the burgeoning promise of your garden and I’ll see you subsequent month.

If you need some extra gardening recommendation, contact my son Ian at I’m certain you’d take pleasure in talking with him as he is filled with information since, because the saying goes, “The apple doesn’t fall removed from the tree.”

Concerning the creator: Maureen Haseley-Jones is a member of a household of famend horticultural artisans, whose landscaping heritage dates again to the seventeenth century. She is likely one of the founders, collectively together with her son Ian, of, The English Woman Panorama and Residence Firm. Maureen and Ian are panorama designers and garden specialists, who imagine that everybody deserves to stay in an eco-conscious atmosphere and benefit from the pleasure that it brings. Maureen realized her design expertise from each her mom and grandmother, and honed her horticultural and development expertise whereas working within the household nursery and panorama enterprise within the U.Ok. Her formal horticultural coaching was undertaken on the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in Surrey.


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