June

 

June is just about my favourite month of the whole year.  So much is happening in the garden and hopefully the weather is good too.  Itís the start of the summer butterfly season when, if you are lucky, you could see ten or more species in or around your garden.  There will also be young birds, especially blackbirds, tits and starlings feeding, small hedgehogs may be about and June is also a brilliant month for moths!  All in all from my point of view it couldnít be better.  Many of our most beautiful wildflowers are also bursting into bloom.  Wild rockrose, ragged robin, ox-eye daisy and foxglove will all be looking fantastic in my garden this month.  Best of all is the wild poppy  Ė a great plant to have in your garden. Hoverflies should also be appearing in some numbers this month,  And if you have time to take a quiet moment in the garden, listen for the tap-tap of a song thrush cracking the shell of a snail to provide a meal for a fledgling.

the workload in my garden eases a little this month.  The meadows are looking after themselves and require nothing more than their paths or edges mown.  Some plants are setting seed, and these can be left to their own devices to provide food for finches.  tender summer plants are planted out and growing, and wild shrubs such as dogwood are in full flower.  Itís great to find a few moments to sit back and really enjoy the garden and its wildlife. This month

Topping up the pond and bird drinking saucers around the garden should be a priority in June.  If you have a wildlife pond, and rain is scarce, use the precious water in your rainwater butt for this purpose.  If you must use tap water, little and often is the key as this will prevent large quantities of chemicals entering the pond all at once.  Your garden birds will appreciate fresh drinking and bathing water daily as the weather warms up.

 I will be cutting my spring meadow this month.  This area has a  cowslips which will have set their seed later in the month.  I shall cut the grass with a hand sickle, leave the cuttings to dry and shed their seed, and then rake them up for the compost heap, where with any luck I may see a grass snake basking in the sun!

 Lastly mulching the new wildlife friendly bedding to reduce watering will be a priority.  Otherwise itís a month for a bit of relaxation and quiet wildlife watching.