We’re nearly at the end of May and I realised I’ve written nothing at all for this month, so here is a whistle-stop tour of the month to bring us up to date.
At the start of the month my garden celebrated the two year anniversary of its re-design/re-planting and even if I say so myself, it has come on in leaps and bounds. If anything can be said for the extended cold Spring we’ve suffered again this year it is that the plants that bloom this time of the year do at least hold on to their flowers for a lot longer (once they come into flower that is) and so my tulips and wisteria are all in flower together and both have lasted for weeks. But that is the only positive thing.
I’ve been working my allotment for about one year now – and that too, I’m pleased to say is showing a vast improvement on the dandelion infested patch I took on last year. It still has more dandelions than I’d like, but at least I’ve reclaimed two beds and a third is now coming along – I have flowers planted but it remains if they will be flowering by the end of June, which is when I’d planned to offer them for a donation at the local fair – I’ll keep you posted on that one.
I left my garden alone for a week while we had a holiday in Pembrokeshire. It was gratifying to see the difference a week’s growth made when I came home – everything seemed to have come into flower behind my back – but as already said, the cool weather meant it was all still looking lovely when I got home.
And finally, I returned to Chelsea Flower Show! I’ve worked it out as being about 20 years since my last visit, when put off by the crowds and the crush to get to see anything I decided to spend my money on tickets to the Hampton Court Flower Show instead. I bought Chelsea tickets for this year and took Mum as a birthday present. We hoped for the best, but went prepared for the worst if I’m honest – and we were very pleasantly surprised. It was busy, but then it was the second day, and it is always going to draw crowds. But we could see every garden we wanted to see, and we could get around the pavilion comfortably (it might lack the romance of white canvass but in terms of space it’s a great improvement on the old marquee). All in all it was a lovely day out and we’re going back next year!
As May turns into June I am now waiting for all the little plants I’ve brought on from seeds so carefully to bring forth lovely flowers and maintain my inspiration to make a business from growing #britishflowers for cutting. But we need some warm weather, and soon – we now have lovely long light evenings, perfect for sitting outdoors and enjoying the garden at its best, but without some warmth in the day time the evenings are chilly and best spent indoors with a bulb catalogue or three!