Gardening Jobs in June
Riley's June 2021 newsletter:
June is when many of the "old fashioned" cottage garden plants, including roses and clematis really come into their own. The Harkness and David Austin roses that we have in stock are coming into flower beautifully and we are expecting new roses this month – including the Captain Tom Rose. Captain Tom is a rich red HT rose, with double blooms and a good fragrance. £2.50 from every purchase goes to the Captain Tom Foundation.
In addition to roses, we have a good range of herbaceous perennials suitable for cottage gardening, with more options coming in weekly. Don't forget to also check out the white garden area and the wildlife garden area where you will find more perennial plants. Many cottage garden plants have the open flowers loved by butterflies and bees and many are scented.
If you can't risk an overseas holiday this year, why not make your garden or patio your own taste of the Med, or even the tropics? In the Isle of Man we can get away with some exotic looking climbers, including trumpet vines, and our beach planting area will give some ideas of plants that both give your garden a coastal look, and are happy in seaside conditions. Osteospermums (South African Daisies) are also ideal for a splash of cheerful colour and many are perennial on the Isle of Man. With a bit of imagination you can make your garden into your own slice of paradise.
If you are enjoying a barbecue or firepit, as well as using our citronella candles, why not try geranium, "Mosqitaway" (found near the cafe outdoor seating). This plant has attractive flowers, and the scent of its leaves is repellent to many insects. When planning your barbecues, don't forget herbs – we have a good range of herbs that can be used in summer food and drinks, including some quite unusual ones like Mexican Tarragon. Mexican Tarragon, incidentally, is a member of the marigold family and deters many insects – either from your vegetable crops or your seating/dining area.
Our "plant of the week" and "shrub of the week" have been popular – check these out for exceptional flowering plants. Our shrub of the week for the start of June is Ceonothus Skylark – an upright shrub that enjoys a sunny wall but is remarkably hardy and evergreen. Also known as Californian Lilac, at this time of year Ceonothus is a mass of blue blooms, very much loved by bees. It will bloom throughout June and often has a second flowering in August or September. Our first plant of the week for June is Astilbe – these graceful plants are very useful in damp or even wet areas of the garden and also in semi-shade. They come in reds, pinks and white, are long flowering and attractive to wildlife. Astilbe are versatile, looking equally at home in a traditional cottage garden or a modern more minimal design.
.Enjoy your gardening and please ask if you have any questions.
Tam - Outdoor Team