May – Summer’s on its way
May is a month for hedonists because it’s full of fresh foliage and buds galore waiting to burst into life. It’s the month when the garden takes off at a high-octane pace, after what seems like an eternity of revving up on the starting grid.
In My Garden
Finally my tulips, daffodils in pots and bluebells burst through. The lupin foliage has appeared along with the greenery of my agapanthus and peony.
A Clematis Montana that I planted last autumn has started to flower,
together with a pretty blue Aquilegia Vulgaris (Columbine),
ferns are unfurling,
a variegated Acer is billowing in the breeze,
maybe the ‘goose’ is in need of a coat of ‘grey’,
and the little ‘cairn’ of stones collected from Walney Island beach remind me of a special place I need to revisit soon.
I really love this time of year when there’s so much promise for the flowering season ahead.
In Your Garden
A few bits to be getting on with in May.
Keep an eye on the weather forecast as there may still be frosts (seriously) so be sure to protect any tender plants.
Install a water butt if you haven’t already to do your bit for the environment recycling water.
Unveil the garden furniture and give it a coat of stain or paint to protect from the elements.
Think about planting up a hanging basket to hang in a sheltered spot.
Check for greenfly on any summer flowering plants. I usually keep a spray bottle handy to fill with washing up liquid and water to blitz them.
If it’s not too wet get into the routine of a weekly mow of the lawn.
If it’s relatively dry dahlia tubers can also be pushed into the soil this month. They’ve made a huge comeback over the last few years and make for a stunning summer display.
Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs.
If you didn’t get round to it last month, broccoli, kale, peas, spinach and swede can all be sown outside or under cloches during early May.
If you don’t have a garden, consider planting indoors on the kitchen window sill. Nip to the garden centre to get yourself a chilli plant or a few seeds and you can have a kitchen garden in no time.
You could also think about adding a window box to your ledges. I love to see geraniums and box plants perched underneath a window.