Gardens always look at their best in Summer and I am delighted with how mine looks now. For my garden in June update I have an interesting news: I bought ladybirds for the garden. I will share my thoughts about them, but it’s a mixed picture.
Everything is looking great. I need to replace a couple of plants, but I don’t have time right now. Not all plants from last year made it to this year, but that’s only natural.
Now, the ladybirds. They are natural predators for aphids and I thought I should get some. The lupins have aphids. The ladybirds I got are native, so it’s not a problem if they just fly away. I think many of them did that as I only see a few in the garden. Needless to say, aphids are still here. I also got some larvae, so they might do the job. I just wait and see what happens.
I saw labybirds eating aphids, so at least I know it’s working, if they plan to stay here that is.
In the conservatory I only have a basil plant and a pepper. I bought 3 tomato plants “for pots” which grew so much that I had to replant them outside. I will plant some seeds for herbs or edible flowers soon.
About the flags: the Ukrainian flag is from a demonstration I went to in London and the British flag is from the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
The tomato plants I mentioned before, as you can see, they are huge!
The courgette is doing its job, producing some courgettes.
The raspberry bush and the strawberries are looking great. I harvested lots of raspberries but only 2 strawberries. There are some flowers in there too.
How lovely are the flowers in bloom right now. There are still to flower some, like the dahlias and the chrysanthemums.
New for this year, I got some alliums and this one is the strangest of all.
Passiflora is in bloom again, after a tricky last year. I’m delighted with it.
We have some apples too.
Just perfect to stay outside to work, relax, or study.