The beautiful village of Tattenhall in Cheshire
Jen Benefield: July 2019
Mzzz B's July Garden Blog
So midsummer is over, but summer seems to have arrived at long last, with much higher temperatures! Things have done their growing and are now going over, so my time is spent deadheading and cutting back things that will not flower again, or to encourage reflowering like hardy geraniums. I plant annuals in the gaps that appear, things like cosmos, ammi major, marigolds, I also love the vibrant touch of orange that Tithonia gives in late summer. The borders may also need more supports at this time, especially with heavy rain things topple over. I never seem to have enough peas sticks or plant supports!
Harvesting veg is also a major activity, it seems have been a good spring for broad beans and peas, but the courgettes are a bit slow to get going!, Raspberries have done well, but somehow the blackbirds in this garden seem expert at making holes in the netting of the fruit cage and help themselves, I am forever searching out the holes they make at the base to the netting!
The other nuisance currently is bindweed , such beautiful flowers but such thugs, they would take over the garden given half a chance. I seem have both major and minor bindweeds! They are lovely in hedgerows just not completely covering plants in my garden and thereby killing them!
Jobs to do in July:
Photograph: Tithonia, Mexican Sunflower
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