My Garden Journal June 2021

This return to look at my garden journal marks the end of the first half of the year, another one living under the effects of Covid. Plenty happened in the garden and we had enjoyable tasks to perform.

I began by writing, “June began with hot dry weather often with clear blue skies. On several days this summer peacefulness was interrupted by showers. It was good weather to encourage our bog garden primulas to flower.”

On the next page I feature three drawings I did of some of the lichen found on a dying branch of our Cercis siliquastrum. I sketched them in watercolours, fibre pens and Japanese brush pens. It was quite a challenge!

On the following double page spread I showed some of our irises and shared nine photos.

above the first group of nine photos I wrote, “Irises in several forms brighten up the garden from the “Chatto Garden” to the ponds and bog garden.”

At the top of the second page of irises I wrote “For big bright blooms we look to the Bearded Iris so called because of the fur on the falls often of contrasting bright colours. They are also known as Iris germanica. The buds of iris flowers have a beauty all of their own.”

Turning over to the next pair of pages we consider the gardening tasks we do in this busy month. I wrote, “June is a very busy month with plants putting on a lot of growth and flowers opening to give us colour throughout.

The second page looks at me revitalising a terrarium which I was rescuing for my daughter and son-in-law, Jo and Rob.

“I had fun re-vitalising a failed terrarium for our daughter and son-in-law Jo and Rob. It is strange gardening in a scaled down patch.”

My entries for June end with two pages with eight photos of views of our front garden. I wrote, “As June comes to an end, I take a journey around our front garden with my camera.”

I added a set of eight photos of views across parts of the front garden.

By greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.

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