“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.”
– L. M. Montgomery
Welcome to beautiful June – the first month of summer and the most favoured month for weddings. Time to cast a clout and finish off your planting, frosts are now a thing of the past! Mowing the lawn, watering and feeding are now regular tasks but hopefully most gardeners will also experience some midsummer heat and be able to sit back and smell the roses.
Our top ten recommended tasks this month include:
- The extra light from long June days means that not only plants but also weeds will be growing well. Gently hoe in dry weather.
- Hanging baskets can be put in place now and containers can be planted up with summer bedding.
- Plant out summer bedding but do make sure it is fully hardened off first. Give it a good drink and keep the soil moist in dry weather
- Tall perennials such as hollyhocks, lupins and delphiniums will need staking or tying to a fence or wall
- Pinch out the side shoots on your cordon tomatoes and start to feed when the first flowers appear
- Place scented potted plants on the patio and near doors and open windows
- Spring bulb foliage can be cut back now and crowded clumps can be lifted, separated and replanted
- Sweet Peas will start flowering this month. Remember to pick and deadhead often to keep those blooms coming
- Early flowering perennials can be cut down to ground level. They may well flower again later
- Start to ease off on the asparagus bed and let the plants rest ready for next year
And the winner is…..
Suttons are extremely proud to announce that our new and exclusive Dwarf mulberry Bush, Charlotte Russe, ‘Matsanaga’ has been named official winner of RHS Chelsea Flower show, Plant of the Year 2017!
The Chelsea Plant of The Year competition highlights the very best new plants of the year. From a large and varied entry of plants, made by Great Pavilion exhibitors, committee members selected 20 finalists to be considered for the title of 2017 Chelsea Plant of the Year. The range of plants included in this years’ competition featured edibles, seasonal bedding and shrubs, all of which were exhibited to the public for the first time at this years’ show.
Judges looked for novelty, originality, horticultural excellence and real impact in the specimen entered. A plant with the real Wow factor!
In addition, consideration was given to the wider public appeal and ease of cultivation long term, which is exactly what Suttons Dwarf Mulberry delivers.
Exhibited on the HTA Stand in the great pavilion and in the BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans Taste Garden, we launched the This Dwarf Mulberry bush earlier this year. With the National Mulberry collections being held in the Royal Gardens and the plant being named after Princess Charlotte, it feels appropriate for it to be launched by a company with a Royal warrant and shown at the Royal Horticulture Society show at Chelsea.
The mystique of the Mulberry however spreads well beyond Royal circles. With our first batch of plants selling out within a week earlier this spring, they are now available to pre-order for delivery in September.
This annual beheading is best done in late May to early June and so coincides with the end of the Chelsea Flower Show, hence the name.
Suitable for most late flowering perennials the Chelsea chop limits the size of the plant and delays the flowering season, ensuring that you have colour when other flowering has ended.
For more information visit our blog for details of this meat-free chop – http://hub.suttons.co.uk/blog/planting-flowers/perennials/the-chelsea-chop
Who doesn’t like the idea of growing their own? Being self-sufficient with a veg patch in the back garden or having an allotment on which to grow a bounty of homegrown goodness is the epitome of living the good life.
But sometimes our ambition doesn’t align with reality. The practicality and attention needed in growing a harvest of fresh fruit and vegetables isn’t always attainable in amongst our busy daily lives.
So whether it’s your first time growing vegetables, or you have fallen behind in the season against the relentless Old Father Time, then there is hope. If you have seen your existing crops damaged in the recent storms, decimated by pests and unwanted visitors to your garden or worse still, Mother Nature hasn’t been on your side, then there is a way forward. If you thought that you didn’t have the space, then we have the answer.
From tomatoes and aubergines to peppers and courgettes, there is a range of vegetable plants to get you back on track, or give you the confidence to start growing your own.
Our large 5 litre potted plants are delivered to your door already starting to produce fruit. Ready for you to create an “instant” veg patch, you could soon picking tasty homegrown veg.
Suitable for any growing, be it a balcony, patio or decking there’s no reason to be left behind growing your own this summer.
See the full range of our 5 Litre Instant Veg Plants here and buy any 2 for only £12.
Looking for some entertainment this month? There’s certainly no shortage of flower shows to visit, including: