It’s been quite a productive month
This is such a delightful time of the year, so many of the plants we purchased last year are beginning to flourish, especially our lupins and foxgloves. Another majestic winner is the Clematis Josephine – Evijohill; it is stunning.
Our spring flowering bulbs have all now finished. However, the alliums I planted are just starting to open like regimented purple globes; they’re beautiful.
It’s amazing how some of the plants in our garden almost bloom in phases. At the moment, the beds are draped in a swathe of blue, with the forget-me-nots and cornflowers doing a lot of the heavy lifting.
What I love about our garden is that there is something new to discover every day when I stroll outside in the morning. The other day, I opened the patio doors and our bearded Iris ‘Kent Pride’ had sprung open; it’s a stunner.
What we’ve been up to in MayIn the garden and on the website
My little seedlings I sowed this year are coming on a treat, although not so little now. I’ve potted on quite a few, and our cold frame is now overflowing with young plants.
I’ve planted our sunflowers between the Lavender ‘Munstead’ in our Provence garden. It doesn’t appear that we have long to wait before the lavender will be in full bloom.
Last month I was concerned that a few of my tomato and chilli seeds weren’t germinating, so I sowed a few more, and they have nearly all been a success. I think I may have to give a few away.
We made reasonably good progress on weeding our cottage garden. Still, as we have had a mixture of sun and rain, the weeds keep returning in abundance.
In our woodland shady section, we have one established fern that had sprouted a couple of rhizomes, so we separated them into three plants, and they flourished a treat. All three have taken on a new lease of life.
Gary and I have prepared an area on the patio for our young tomato plants. Hopefully, we can support them a lot better this year, and they don’t become too top-heavy.
Also, this month I cleared one of the beds in our front garden; unfortunately, our Buxus had become ravaged with caterpillars, so they had completely died. I will clear the other bed very soon.
Achievements for MayLet’s keep ticking those boxes
May has been a pretty productive month in the garden, although as soon as I turn my back, more weeds appear; however, I’m learning more about the garden as weeks go by.
It has been a mixed month with the weather in the southeast of the UK; I’m hoping the sun will shine for us a bit more in June. The garden is such a happy place to be in the sunshine, and it helps with your personal well-being immensely.
Lessons learnt & mistakes madeYou live and learn
I made the mistake this year of not using seedling compost when I sowed all of my seeds. I added vermiculite and perlite to the original compost; however, I think it was still too dense.
I have since resown some tomatoes, chillies, and flower seeds in fresh seedling compost, and they started to germinate in no time at all. They are more sensitive than I thought.
Our plans for the coming monthWhat’s on your to-do list?
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