June brings a sense of rising panic.

One moment I feel quite on top of things in the garden. I mean obviously it’s sprawling and untidy, but it seems manageable. In Spring it’s easy as things grow at a reasonable pace. However, when I went out yesterday it was almost completely out of control. The bindweed has arrived in force. The other day it was just the odd spindly bit and yet now almost everywhere I look I see it. In a bid to make a difference I dug up the Rose Campion as it just looked like a mass of moth eaten pink flowers. I also pulled up a Dianthus – it’s a deep red and I really only like the gaudy pink ones. I know it makes no impact on the weed situation but for a moment I felt in control.

Ladybird poppies



























These aren’t my poppies, I did sow some seeds but they were watered out of existence by the three year old. This photo is from my imaginary garden (and one down the road)

I feel I should write one useful thing. This time … Geum ‘Mrs Bradshaw’ is the best flower for May/June. Red is a great colour in the garden and it goes with anything – the acid pinks of Peonies, pale pink of roses, rich purple alliums, blue forget-me-nots …. anything you can throw at it. If you don’t have any, plant some and you will be delighted.

Finally, about the foxes – I let Charlie out this morning and when I went to let him back in there was the fox cub with him, right outside the kitchen door. It scarpered as soon as I opened it, but only as far as the bit by the kitchen window. It’s the same cub that was in the garden before, I’m sure of it.



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