At the end of June

The lavender is flowering particularly well this year and is buzzing with bees.  It also attracts various butterflies like this Comma that was on it yesterday morning.

A handful of the knee-high sunflowers Musicbox have flowered including this dinky one which is barely six inches tall.

I’m not that keen on these orange nasturtiums but they sure do stand out.

I’m only growing six tomato plants – three each Gardener’s Delight and Golden Sunrise – and for once I’ve remembered to pinch out the side shoots so I won’t end up with a jungle of foliage.  All of them are now flowering.

I spent a couple of afternoons during the week armchair gardening looking through a new bulb catalogue.  Earlier in the year I dug up the assorted taller daffodils which were at the top of the plot near the rhubarb.  I intend buying some nacissus Sweetness and Thalia to plant there in the autumn.  Meanwhile I sowed some candytuft Sparkles (Iberis umbellata) for some summer colour.  They’ve grown well and should be flowering before too long.

It looks like it’s going to be another dry and very warm week so I won’t be doing much on the plot apart from pottering and watering.

Have a good week!


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22 Responses to At the end of June

  1. Linda Penney says:

    Awesome update Flighty thank you for sharing and have a blessed day

  2. Mark Willis says:

    This week has been too hot for any serious gardening – it just seems like an endless round of watering! The forecast says we may get some rain this evening though.

  3. Jade says:

    Your plot sounds like a colourful and happy ‘playground’ for wildlife!
    That sunflower is so cute and beautiful.
    Good to know that your tomato plants are already flowering.
    Thanks and same to you, Flighty!

  4. CJ says:

    Like Mark I’m hoping for some rain tonight. Lavender is wonderful isn’t it, that fantastic scent and so many bees and butterflies. I’m waiting for my marjoram to flower as that always attracts plenty of pollinators. Hope you have a good week, no doubt lots of watering to be done. CJ xx

  5. Carrie says:

    I LOVE your plot!
    We are off to the plot in a while but there is a hosepipe ban on so we are going to be wrecked by all the watering by hand. Still my sunflowers (your seeds x) are going in to the ground/ pots today as they have established really well. Seeing yours in flower is very exciting. Bulb planning already – love your style 🙂 xx

  6. Liz says:

    The photo of the lavender and comma butterfly is beautiful. It’s hard to believe in this 90 – 100 F heat wave that we had such a severe sub-zero dip in January that many perennials, including lavender, didn’t make it.
    Your plot looks fantastic! I just happened to be looking at the ones I took of it last May. Not a weed in sight!

    • Flighty says:

      Liz I took lots of photos and this one really stood out. It’s the same here for some people.
      Thanks, as I’m sure you realise it takes a bit of effort but is well worthwhile. xx

  7. menhir1 says:

    As previously mentioned, you can get really good use out of your Nasturtiums, so long as they are not ‘over the hill’. Whatever the colour. they’ll add interest to a salad bowl. The ‘dinky sunflower’ doesn’t bear much resemblance to the statement-making, deep yellow, big faced ones we’ve got to know. It’s colour appears to veer towards lemon. They would be nice to see in great number, clumped together.

    The butterfly is quite an interesting sight. Do you see this type frequently, or is it just to be found around strong perfumed flowers and plants?

    The plot does offer many attractions and talking points. xxx

    • Flighty says:

      Menhir I will try to remember when I start eating salads. These particular sunflowers come in lemon yellow as well as the familiar deeper yellow. That’s the effect I’m trying to achieve by growing them all in one area.
      It sure is. No, I don’t see these very often but they’re clearly attracted to the lavender flowers.
      Thanks, I’m pleased that it does. xx

  8. Just lovely! Thalia are one of my favourites, so I look forward to seeing them flower. Not yet though, still got a lot to do before then. 🙂 x

  9. snowbird says:

    The lavender looks lovely! I saw a comma yesterday, we don’t usually get them. Our lavender better get on with flowering for them. Good to hear about your plans for summer. Here’s to temperature cooling

  10. Lavender and butterflies love the heat! Happy cool plotting! Xx

  11. nikkipolani says:

    Oh, look at those happy tomato plants! Butterfly visits are the best, aren’t they?

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