As June has arrived, summer is allegedly around the corner. This is the month with the longest days – 2 weeks of Wimbledon approaching and deep bowls full of luscious, deep red strawberries and lashings of chilled double cream. It’s such a gorgeous month, the promise of hot, balmy days in the sunshine, children enjoying the outdoors rather than sitting in front of the TV or heads bent over an iPad, lazy Sunday afternoons with the family feeling comfortably full after a delicious BBQ and drinks on the patio watching the sun go down. It’s a shame time can’t be frozen! With all of the above in mind, it’s time to turn gardening heads to what needs doing outside this month.
As far as the garden grows –it’s springing up nicely! If it ever stops raining, keep it well watered; the irrigation systems are more affordable than ever before particularly the home installation kits. They are worth the investment and link up to an outdoor tap. They can be kept on timer switches leaving time to sit and enjoy the fruits of the garden rather than spending half an hour watering it every night. Watch out for hosepipe bans though although it doesn’t look likely this year (fingers crossed!). Even though it might pour, make sure to water your baskets by hand, it is important to really soak the baskets.
Lawns will look beautifully neat and tidy once they’ve been mowed but because the weather is warm, grass grows at double the rate, so it will need to be mowed once a week to ten days. Hoe borders and remove the weeds because again, rather like grass, weeds spread in the mild weather. This is the time to plant out summer bedding and baskets, perfect for geraniums because they last right into September. The beauty of June and the summer months is the ability to inject bright colour into the garden, so it becomes a rainbow of exciting eye-popping colour, choose Marigolds, Petunias, Begonias, Busy Lizzies, Cosmos and Lobelia for a full, abundantly coloured garden.
June is the perfect time of year to take cuttings of shorter life perennials, herbs, exotic flowers and shrubs. To do this, cut of 10cm of non-flowering, shoot just below the bud of the leaf. Take off the tip and the bottom leaves then dip them into hormone rooting powder, bury into cuttings compost and protect them in a plastic bag. Don’t forget to deadhead plants such as roses, rhododendrons and camellias.
For vegetable garden lovers this is the time to harvest potatoes, radishes, rhubarb, strawberries and lettuce. Sow peas, carrots, lettuce, turnips, courgettes and courgettes too to reap the benefit in the winter months.Apart from dusting down the BBQ or investing in a new one and hoping it gets plenty of use, this is the month to make final decisions on comfortable, stylish and handsome garden furniture. With a treasure trove of styles and materials to choose from, it can be daunting but it should be enjoyable. Here are a few tips to help look out for when choosing garden furniture:
Comfort, if eating al fresco! Everyone dreams of long, lazy lunches so chairs should be enveloping but supportive. Take a look at the Mayfair Dining Armchair for example.
Look for UV protection and waterproof items (rustproof) too because the British weather is notorious for summer rain. For those short on space, it might not be easy to store furniture during the colder months of the year even more reason to look for weatherproof furniture. Bridgman products have UV protection and many waterproof cushion options.
Seek out products which can be easily added to, for example if buying a couple of rattan sun-loungers to co-ordinate with a rattan table and chairs, it’s wise to choose an established range of garden furniture to purchase extra pieces when the budget allows
Child friendly; for children or grandchildren look for washable covers and cushions. Bridgman offers water- and stain-proof cushions with many garden sets.
Take advice of Bridgman and take advantage of the customer service – there to advise as well as help that all-important choice.
This year indulge in some of Bridgman’s finest:
To sit back and admire the view a cleverly positioned Club Bench (120cm) makes an eye-catching showpiece in the garden and creates a special area to relax and enjoy a good book on a summer’s eve. Garden benches never go out of style so suit any outdoor space. Handsome good looks tied in with stylish practicality – this is a piece that will last for many pleasurable years.
Or perhaps some relaxed chic when entertaining friends such as the Mayfair Curved Rattan 4 Piece set which complements a shapely garden beautifully because of its sumptuous generous shape. It’s sophisticated comfort all wrapped up together.
Don’t forget something to shield from the midday sun with a parasol, the 3 Meter Round Cantilever Umbrella will co-ordinate in any garden and keep away sunburn while snoozing into the afternoon sunshine.
Finally some fabulous events to ring in red in the diary, great for all the family to enjoy:
9/10th June Jubliee Garden Party at RHS Wisley the theme this year is “Best of British” and attractions include a brass band and vintage cream tea, click here for more information.
13/17th June the Big Show Off, display gardens and TV gardeners will be exhibiting at the BBC Gardeners’ World Live at the NEC in Birmingham, you will be able to find more information here.
For more information on Bridgman products please speak to one of the friendly customer services team on the helpline, 020 8804 74747 for sound garden furniture advice.
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