The jet stream has a lot to answer for, says John Stoa as he sorts his summer flowers
Summer was late to start, and the rain was never far away, but things turn round, the summer returns and the garden just bursts into growth with flowers everywhere.
To achieve consistently good crop yields of fruit and vegetables and a glorious display of flowers we learn good gardening techniques for each type of plant, use the best varieties, and make sure our soil is fertile, well drained and weed free.
Fifty years ago there was an armada of chemicals to use for every gardening problem.
At some point we all experience the trials and tribulations of moving house, usually in connection with going for a new job, or as we get older we no longer need a large home so we down size to a smaller house.
Herbaceous plants are traditionally grown in a long border with an evergreen hedge or shrubs behind them to create a dark background to set against the colourful flowers.