JUNE – Summer Arrives

Again, we are inviting SGCARA area residents to take a picture of a favourite ‘plant’ in your garden, your balcony pot, window box, house plant, or perhaps a tree viewed from your window that gives particular pleasure and lifts your spirits.  Please email your photo(s) to the SGCARA committee at: admin@sgcara.org.uk

We will be posting plants for each month to the website throughout the summer so please continue to send to us.  Thank you.
N.B.  Photos are received in all shapes and sizes, apologies if they do not appear proportionately.

June 21 is the longest day of the year, and the extra light and warmth encourages the garden to put on an exuberant burst of growth. But this extra light and warmth also means weeds will sprout up from seemingly nowhere. Keep on top of them by hoeing regularly in dry conditions.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is celebrating roses this week, often described as the ‘queen of flowers’. These bursts of colour and fragrance are blooming everywhere this June. Are they blooming in your garden? Send us photos of your roses.

Sweet Honey “Kormecaso” was named
RHS 2020 Rose of the Year


1.  Hoe borders regularly to keep down weeds
2. Be water-wise, especially in drought-affected areas
3. Pinch out sideshoots on tomatoes
4. Harvest lettuce, radish, other salads and early potatoes

5. Position summer hanging baskets and containers outside
6. Mow lawns at least once a week
7. Plant out summer bedding plants
8. Stake tall or floppy plants
9. Prune many spring -flowering shrubs
10. Shade greenhouses to keeep them cool and prevent scorch


Lavatera – Clementii Rosea – Tree Mallow
Pelargonium, salvia and poppies
Poppies and geraniums
Californian poppies
Strelizia, aka Bird of Paradise. (Michael Smith)
Parakeet in a Cherry Tree
Smoke bush, Cotinus coggygria, a deciduous shrub. Commonly known as royal purple smoke bush, smokebush, smoke tree, and purple smoke tree.


We love music, so it is nice to have a rose named in honour of British composer Benjamin Britten

Watercress flowering in our pond. The damsel flies seem to enjoy sunning themselves on it.
Clematis framing our mermaid bird bath Skeena Hill
Cultivated yellow iris in our garden-pond, with wild self-set irises in the background. So lovely when beautiful plants just start to grow unexpectedly in the garden! 
Cheerful pots by the front door
Self-set wild peas and holly-hocks
Clematis with a colourful insect

Bees on the blackberry blossom. There seem to be so many more bees this year, or do we have just a little more time in lock-down to notice them?

Potato haulm (leaves) with 2-spotted ladybird Skeena Hill