Weather in the UK has always been a fluctuating affair- and unpredictable, but we do seem to be getting more unpredictable weather and the plants have to manage drought and torrential rain, very hot sun earlier in the year, and now what will July and August bring??
I am wondering whether other gardens in the village are having a problem with voles this year- they seem to be tunnelling everywhere. I have lost a rose which a vole seems to have chewed on the roots and made a big hole under it, and I planted out some perennial cauliflowers – a week later some had keeled over, on investigating a vole had burrowed beneath them. I watered well and noted the water disappearing down their holes replanted the cauliflowers, then really stamped on the soil in the hope this might discourage them.
The longest day June 21st means the days are getting shorter and it is fascinating that plants and seeds seem to know this. There are certain plants that need the lengthening days to germinate but others that are happy to germinate any time of year. The latter will have originated from warmer areas where the length of day and night doesn't change so radically as it does here.
But there are still things you can sow in the vegetable and flower garden.
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