Summer is here!


Market in IstanbulPhew, what a scorcher! After such a miserable April and early May, we finally got the warm, sunny weather we wanted. I'd just got back from a mini-break in Istanbul where, amongst other more famous sights, I was intrigued by the market stalls selling bare root tomato and pepper plants. Obviously they don't need as much cosseting as I thought.

Back home, it was hotfoot (literally!) to film at the Chelsea Flower Show where the exhibitors worked wonders fighting the vagaries of the weather forcing on plants in the run up to the show. It wasn't, to my mind, a classic Chelsea, but I thoroughly enjoyed my visit.

Over the last couple of days I've tried to catch up on my own garden. I've planted out the first of my seed and plug raised bedding – cosmos, cornflowers and the lovely dark leaved 'Mystic' dahlias. I also emptied some pots of tulips and planted them up with geraniums, adding Container Magic to the compost as I want to help reduce watering during the summer.

Pottering around the garden, I noticed that there seems to be a lot of lily beetle and greenfly at the moment. A quick spray with Plant Invigorator sorted them out. By the way, if you want any of this environmentally friendly three in one spray, it's included in my plant booster kit which is June's Gardening Inspirations Product of the month (and that means it's free postage and packing!)

Happy gardening

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