Things we love about May…
Cow Parsley filling the hedgerows
Fresh new shoots of spring green
Hawthorn blossom (very spikey but very beautiful)
The start of May is seen as a bit of a ‘gap’ month in the garden, there’s a slight lull after the last of the spring bulbs have flowered and the first of the showy summer annuals start to bloom.
This is when your biennials and Autumn sown hardy annuals really come into play, our favourite Sweet Rocket comes into its own at this time of year and we are so very grateful for it. This year we have grown both a white variety which has been flowering for most of the month.
Another May beauty is the cheerful little geum, our favourite varieties are ‘Totally Tangerine’ and ‘Mai Tai’ bringing a hot splash of colour to late spring.
We’ve also had lots of unexpected bright blue Aquilegia popping up in our cutting patch. They are also known as Columbine, as well as Granny’s Bonnets, because they look like frilly little hats bobbing away.
May jobs in the garden
Dig up your spring bulbs. Late May is when we lift all of our bulbs to make way for planting out our summer annuals such as phlox, larkspur, corncockle and mallow.
Plant out your dahlias. We started off our dahlias in pots earlier this year to give them a fighting chance against hungry slugs. Now they are big enough to get in the ground.
Make your comfrey tea, we’ve been stewing our comfrey tea for a few weeks now. It’s what we use to feed our roses, your sweet peas will love it too! Comfrey is a wonder plant, its deep roots means it gets lots of nutrients from the soil, making it an excellent fertiliser for your flowers.
Here is a useful link on how to make your own comfrey feed for your flowers.
Flower of the month
We love the spectacular Iris, a beautiful showy flower that is very easy to grow and comes in a variety of wonderful shades. They look almost otherworldly, or like underwater creatures, with their unusual petal formations and rippled colours.
Plant them in a sunny spot with well drained soil anytime from July- Oct, not too deep in the soil, and they will flower for you the following year. They are very easy to care for and a real show stopper in your arrangements.