Don’t bother they’re here! Well not actually locusts, the latest garden pest to arrive is the sawfly caterpillar. I caught a crowd of them devouring my nasturtiums and radishes. And following a tweet from Horti Hugo I scampered off to check the gooseberries. I couldn’t see a single caterpillar but the evidence was there:
I’ve cut my losses on the gooseberries this year. Life got busy at the wrong time and I didn’t get that netting done so I picked all that I could and I will have to wait for next year. The blackcurrants have been netted and at least there are plenty of berries there for us all to enjoy.
Pottering gardener alert: I decided there was far too much leaf on the tomatoes in the greenhouse and my goodness, turn your back for moment and those side shoots put on a spurt. The side shoots were removed and some of the longer branches were cut back. I know this is usually done as the tomatoes ripen but I decided that it needed to be done now. I did find several green tomatoes hiding beneath the foliage so I think I did the right thing. The long side shoot at the bottom has also gone now!
Still no rain here and the hydrangeas are wilting. Here’s my favourite one which is framed on either side the by striking foliage of the siberian irises. They did get a good watering after this photo was taken and picked up nicely.
I am delighted to report my first dahlia flower – not one of those bright stunners but a rather subtle white and green affair. It’s blanc y verde from a Sarah Raven collection.
The penstemons are coming through now. I thought I had carefully recorded the name of this one when it was purchased, but no. I think it was firebird but could it be garnet? Maybe there is a pot somewhere with a label on it!
It’s still June, so I’m still featuring roses. I really like this one because it is so different to my other roses. It’s Jaqueline du Pre, a semi double Harkness rose. I love the stamens.
For all the links to sixes from gardens around the world go to The Propagator’s blog – all the ups and downs of gardening and gyo will be on display.