June garden tour plus June gardening tips...

June garden tour plus June gardening tips…



hi there it's Alexandra here from the middle sized garden YouTube channel and blog and it's the June garden turn and there'll be about a minute of just showing you of all the changes and the highlights in the garden one of the things we have really enjoyed is seeing with baby birds grow up and what's quite funny is that the parents bring the babies to the bird feeder and they teach babies how to use it and so the baby bird will just sit all three baby birds will sit on the bird feeder just tweaking their heads off and the parents will feed them and then slowly the parents feed them less nests and you can see the baby birds say he well I'm going to have to do this for myself and here we've got a family of starlings doing it garden has started off full of softer colors pinks and lilac sunny and just very soft and spring-like and the peonies have come out and there's a particularly lovely rose core souvenir do dr. Sherman and that's gone very well with a bascomb called for Bascom copper rose and those are things that I've planted but most of the garden is self seeded at this time of year and it's quite extraordinary how much the garden actually kind of plants itself it's as if I have nothing to do with it really amongst the self Cedars there's one called Rosa Crocker which is a very simple almost wild rose with blue green leaves and it's very pretty and it lives on the left-hand side of my garden in the shady bed but it's probably decided that actually would be so much nicer to be on the sunny side of the street so it's popped up and I've seen it that it's about two years old now and I decided to leave it there because I think it's rather lovely I wouldn't have planted a spray of rows of that height that close to the edge of the border myself but as it's planted itself there I think it's fine the Allium these big starbursts Allium are called a Liam Christophe II I and I had one of these in the garden when we first came here 16 years ago but they sell seed everywhere and we've now this great drift this river of alliums is just where they've decided to go these little pink flowers with the soft fealty gray leaves are called litmus Koren area and they're completely self seeded I did in fact grow a few from seed about three or four years ago and since then they've just popped up wherever they want to and they arrange themselves in a really neat ring around this tree which I thought was rather extraordinary in the veg beds the parsley and the coriander are both self seeded and parsley just grows where it wants to grow and I have parsley pretty much all year round when I need it the coriander tends to appear and then quite quickly go to flower and bolt so I don't really get much coriander from it but it does look very pretty the poppies are self seeded and I keep trying to pull out the red poppies and then plant seeds of pink poppies but as you can see I'm not really winning but I do love the poppies because the bees are just mad about them the other advantage that the red poppies have is that they are signaling the change from the pinks and lilacs which have been really the dominant colors for the last few weeks and then I think we go into a much brighter color spectrum because the next thing that will come up I think probably from next month is dahlias but I'm also challenging myself in the garden and I've planted quite a few plants that I'd never grown before I've added three cameras and I've also added a rose it's a hybrid tea rose and it has a striped pink and yellow flower and I think that actually the rose going growing community probably regard it as a bit of a rogue but I'm giving it a try I'm also planting RIS on us for the first time this year and the impression I want to give in the later garden is perhaps of something that's more exotic and more colorful than usual but I don't know if the work so I'm looking forward to finding out the other thing that's amazing at this time of year is that the cattiness is in full leaf and all its flowers have come out and they're very delicate and what's also happened off over the last few weeks has been that one of the clematis which is called a clematis rector that's early c ta and it's a ground cover clematis but it comes up in a in with black leaves in it almost a ball and then it just spills over in a sort of fountain of white flowers and it's absolutely lovely thing in the garden at this time of year I'm going to be honest about the weeds um it there are parts of the garden where there are very bad weeds and that does tend to happen if you have a lot of self zone you will get weeds because it's quite difficult to tell the difference between a self seeded plant when it's very little and a weed and after going to the Chelsea Flower Show this year I realized that weeds have a real role in our garden and they can be beautiful and so I'm really hoping to encourage nettles because they're also very good for butterflies but I don't think bindweed is ever going to come into fashion and I have taken two whole big sacks of bindweed out and even so the garden is absolutely thick with it in one corner of the garden we have an enormous climbing rose it actually comes from my neighbor's garden and so I don't know what sort of Rose it is it's obviously a rose I think it might even be rambling rector and it has just come right over our pergola over the alleyway beside our house and it's going down the wall literally it's probably going about 30 feet along the wall so I think we're going to have to cut it back but it does make the alleyway smell absolutely gorgeous at the moment so I'm not looking forward to cutting it back it's going to be a terrible job the one of the main things in the garden this month has been the irises and they have been so beautiful and the peonies have been beautiful too but now both the peonies and the irises are over and one of my irises really needs lifting and dividing it's been there for about three or four years it's become very congested it's become quite big and what I have had to do is dig it up and then slowly prise it apart and untangle has quite a lot of lead roots in there as well so I've pulled those out and then I've replanted about two-thirds of it back where it was before and I'll probably plant the rest of it somewhere else if I can find a spot but irises do need this every three or four years but it's incredibly easy to do because as you can see I'm not really doing anything very well I'm just working a plant out pulling it apart and then sticking it back in again so it really isn't a very expert job and I've done it with my irises like this several times are the blue ones that you can see here were divided last year the other thing that has changed a lot in the last month has been the serenity now you will have seen from the last garden that actually I've had something called serenity which is a bloom flower very unusual blue flower which bees absolutely adore and that self seeded as well and itself seeds in this huge clump in the main border and it's been there for about two months it's been amazing really but it's just suddenly gone it's just suddenly gone flopped and I have to clear away all the stuff there's a certain amount of weeds that have grown around it and it's also completely covered one of the roses I've got a rose called burgundy ice which is very beautiful and the serenity has just grown up around it and it has rather stripped it of its leaves so I'm going around the garden and pulling away things where the self Cedars have just got too vigorous and they're swamp in the plants that I planted all where the weeds have started to dominate or where something is going over so what I'm really doing at the moment in the garden is clearing spaces and waiting for the next stage of the garden to come forward one of the things that I have found so difficult about gene is that plants just flop over they get bigger than I thought oh I forgot to support them and I need to support them I've got two last-minute ways of supporting plants and they're both metal and one is a sort of bent hoop you can see it's bent and other is like a shepherd's crook and that this shepherd's crook thing does absolutely brilliant if single stems and the hoop can be wedged in to hold back a whole plant that's just tumbling over so I find that from now onwards I use supports plant these metals plant supports quite a lot the lawns looking a bit shaggy and it's covered with clover and daisies and we just haven't had time to mow it but actually this is giving pollinating insects a real chance to feed and I do think that lawns in tune with clover and daisies do look rather pretty so I kind of not rushing to go and mow it and if you've enjoyed this please press like because then I'll know you'd like more garden tours and if you haven't subscribed to the middle sized garden YouTube channel we upload on Saturdays 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18 thoughts on “June garden tour plus June gardening tips…

  1. That rose near the Verbascum – what a beautiful color! and a lovely combination! Love your beautiful garden – and I am experiencing everything you spoke of – so love the commentary! I'll have to get that rose for my garden.

  2. Great video as always, garden looks lush . I have an app on my phone calked PictureThis , you take a pic of a plant with the app and it identifies it for you . It may help identify your neighbours rose which is growing over into your garden .

  3. Hi Alexandra – your garden is gorgeous & you must work very hard in it. The hoops are marvellous for supporting bushy shrubs, I just wouldn’t be without them now & I seem to never have enough always buying more 😬 Thank for your beautiful presentation, your previous journalism shines through with your professionalism & excellent narration 😊

  4. Hello Alexandra. Another beautiful program. So lovely to watch on a freezing Winter's day here. Love your verbascum – Copper Rose. I only have the yellow verbascum, I think it's called Polar White. Now on a hunter for that lovely pink one!!!!! Thank you for the inspiration. Anita

  5. Hello Alexandra, What A Spectacular Show, so gorgeous. I can imagine having a nice cup of tea while enjoying the lovely view. Thank you for sharing. Take care and God Bless, Chris-Raleigh NC

  6. Those two bumble bees in the red poppy – priceless! I especially love the inky blue iris. Gorgeous June garden 🙂

  7. Beautiful! I'm so glad I found your channel a few months ago. I have enjoyed your videos so much and gone back and watched a lot of your older videos. I'm in the Seattle, Washington area of the United States. Our climate is very mild and I can grow a lot of what you grow. Getting so many ideas. Thanks!

  8. You have a beautiful selection of plants in your garden. Irises are my fave and do well in my hot dry garden. I'm pretty rubbish at staking. I have a tall coreopsis that I've tried to stake with bamboo canes & twine but it still keeps falling over. I'll have a look out for the half hoop thingy! Thanks for the tips.

  9. Glorious. This one requires a watch-through, then a re-watch with pause pause pause , for the full effect.
    Some weeds are a good idea. Here in America wood violets (johnny jump-ups) are lovely most of the summer, nice foliage.
    The other day I looked round and thought one was a-bloom, but it was instead two tiny blue butterflies alight on the grass. I looked them up and could only find them as native to the UK, not America, so I suppose somehow they stowed away ( or perhaps they were 'given transportation' : D ) I am 64, and had never seen this small butterfly before.
    I like nearly any small spring wildflower that comes and goes, like yellow wood sorrel, and pink sorrel, both are oxalis. Also, buttercups. And poke can be very good if there is room….but if you let it make berries, the birds will get drunk on them, and make purple stains all over the garden when you're not looking, then pretend it wasn't them at all.

  10. Lovely. Here in Glasgow, I can grow some of those plants but many won't cope with the wet and short season.

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