There are promising signs of new blossoms
I love this time of year when new green shoots are becoming more established; slowly but surely, their buds start to form, and the hint of colourful blossom is shimmering.
The only downside with the new welcoming shoots is that there are unwelcome ones too. Yes, the weeds are coming back in abundance.
Once again, the weather in the southeast UK has been pretty good recently; we’ve even had a few hours of rain here and there, so our new perennials are being watered in nicely.
The garden is also springing to life with our beautiful, feathered friends. They love it when we fill up the feeders and the feeding station; they must be watching from afar, and as soon we step away, they’re swooping down.
The Greater Spotted Woodpecker is a bird that we’re particularly pleased to see, which is making a reappearance. They are fascinating to watch.
What we’ve been up to this monthIn the garden and on the website
We’ve been lucky; in May, we’ve had some glorious days. Last week I even managed to hook up my laptop at the patio table and work outside for a while.
Now that we are managing two websites, there’s a lot more content to be written. So, sitting outside creating posts for ‘Our World for You’ and ‘Our Garden for You’ seems so much easier when the birds are tweeting.
Our plans for the Cottage Garden involve a lot of plants due to the tiered effect that we are creating. This requires a fair amount of ongoing maintenance. So, early in May, we decided to lay stepping stones towards the back, which weave their way from one end of the bed to the other. This allows us to get closer to the rear of the border and not step on new shoots.
I must admit I love them; you really feel that you’re creating a one-to-one space with the plants.
We’ve also been on the lookout for garden centres and nurseries that we haven’t visited before; we found one named Pleasant View in Chart Sutton near Maidstone. Needless to say, we didn’t come away empty-handed. We picked up a coppery fern called Dryopteris Erythrosora for our Woodland Shady area and a magnificent clematis named Josephine (Evijohill) for the back of our Cottage Garden.
During our local travels around Kent creating content for ‘Our World,’ we chose to head back to the National Trust sites of Scotney Castle to see the stunning Rhododendrons and then onto Sissinghurst Castle Gardens for inspiration from their perennial planting.
Achievements for MayLet’s keep ticking those boxes
Other jobs that we’ve achieved:
- Planted out 16 sunflowers, 5 of which are dwarf for our Provence Bed.
- Sowing lettuce, basil, foxglove, and lupin seeds.
- Sorting out our patio pots and replanting a few.
- Pruning numerous shrubs and digging out many unwanted tree saplings.
Lessons learnt & mistakes madeYou live and learn
One lesson that I’ve learned is not to pot-on seedlings in a container which is too big. I believe I’ve made this mistake with our chilli plants, but only time will tell. I’m keeping a close eye on them; we’ve lost one; however, I’m hoping that the others will strengthen up. I certainly don’t want to move them again.
Another snippet of info I’ve learned from watching the C5 Gardening with Carol Klein show is to pinch out sweet pea tendrils. I hadn’t picked up on this before; I’m going to give it a go and see if it strengthens the flowering.
Our plans for the coming monthWhat’s on your to-do list?
We’re also hoping to visit the Kent Garden Show at Detling this weekend; I’ll give you an update next month as to how we got on.
Well, it looks like we have another busy month ahead. Please let us know what you have planned in your garden this month; we’d love to know.
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