June 2018 – where did it go? We were so busy in June that I write this retrospectively, from the vantage of the end of the first week of July. Much was accomplished…
- The large compost bin on the top tier was moved down to ground level on entry (to the side of R’s plot).
- Brambles were cut out to expose the ground of the top tier, and slowly uncovering from bramble and ivy, the trunk of the back boundary lime tree.
- The side boundary with damask rose and fragrant jasmine was weeded of bind weed, and watered. The rose responded by coming into a magnificent second bloom. The scent of a damask rose – the original form of the essence used in perfume manufacture – is intoxicating, heady, almost unbelievable…. Well-deserving of the extra attention, water and resources.
- Two of the three vegetable beds at the front edge were dug over and planted. (shown here before the digging-over).
- One bed holds two tomato and two sweet pepper plants. The middle bed is planted with yellow zucchini (2 plants) and some runner beans.
- The third bed remains un-dug, unweeded, and covered in black fabric.
- The bed directly leading from the rose arbor was dug over. This was planted as a new perennial flower bed, with perennial virginicum ‘pink glow’ and lobelia (planted mid-June) and by early July, accompanied by perennial dianthus (pinks – in the carnation family).
A flower bed on the other side boundary of the allotment plot was dug in front of the holly hedge and planted with annual flowering cosmos.
Cosmos are said to self-seed, so hopefully this establishes itself as an established bed for seasons to come.