Long summer days, high temperatures and maximum sunlight are the hallmarks of a good summer (lets hope for a little rain though!). The Summer of 2022 is eagerly awaited by all the keen gardens up and down the UK as herbaceous borders, roses, veg gardens and meadows are awash with new plantings, flower and a general sense of abundance that only Summer can bring. Whereas Spring is a steady ramping of growth the Summer is a time for 'peak plant' followed by the mellow and relaxed waning into Autumn - so slap on that sun scream, stick on your favourite summer hat and get out and enjoy all the hard work you've undertaken in your garden!
Summer hit the UK (and a lot of Europe) square in the face this week, the heat of Monday and Tuesday was very unusual with England, Wales and Scotland all breaking their record high temperatures. Gardening in the heat is not pleasant, but in a warming world and longer periods of heat in the summer predicted for our usual temperate climate, Gardeners will have to adapt, not only in their working practices but in some areas their plant palettes too. Luckily Lucy had (for the sake of the podcast) just returned from a holiday in Rhodes, where she assures Saul she did plenty of botany to research the topic of todays podcast!
Intro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io
"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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