Surely May must bring us some better gardeners weather? After the sharp frosts have burnt off lots of soft spring growth and the lack of rain has turned the ground to cracked concrete we’re due some good planting weather to fill the potager beds with cut flowers and veg. It always feels like a 100 yard dash to get the sowing and planting done while we have some warm, wet weather. The bearded iris collection is bravely flowering despite the rather urgent work to an increasingly bowed wall behind them and on a dull day the acid yellows of Euphorbias really stand out.
It’s the time of year when something new bursts into flower every day. The first lupin, the massive flowerheads of the tree peonies, a couple of early roses and the clematis montana looking fantastic.