Along with the rest of the country’s gardeners, here at Haddon we are doing our best to battle the extraordinarily dry conditions that have been with us now for well over a month. It would be untrue to say we have had no rain at all, as a couple of sharp showers have kicked up the dust on the garden paths, but the sort of prolonged spells of persistent precipitation we so desperately need are still nowhere to be seen.
As Reg said in The Life Of Brian: “All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?"
Grandad Charlie Shaw, 94, who has lived in Mexborough all his life, is the running to win a magical garden makeover, after daughter Judy entered him into MyBuilder’s nationwide competition. Now he needs your votes to win the prize.
I am not sure why, but the goldfinches finally made their reappearance in my Norton garden; and this was before the heavy snowfall. I looked up and out of the back window, and there they were on the niger-seed feeder– at last!
Although it seems like summer has just started, it’s already time to cut back some early flowering perennials such as geraniums, centaurea and oriental poppies to ensure there is plenty of room for other later flowers to do their thing.
The days are at their longest and the weather is supposed to be at its warmest now, and irrespective of what the weather is actually like there has been the most phenomenal growth spurt in our gardens. At this time of year privet hedges you cut one day are already ‘woolly’ the day after, lawns need mowing at least once a week if you like a ‘bowling green’ or ‘ornamental lawn’ appearance but more interestingly - and pleasingly - gorgeous blooms are opening almost by the hour on a vast array of plants.