Saturday May 4th
At home, dodging the hail showers, planted out my poor sweet peas they have been neglected and needed planting weeks ago. Sowed salad seeds in the raised bed and planted out the watercress.
Weekend 11th/12th May
Reached that point where everything has to be sown or it will be too late. Struggling with salad in the raised bed. Although early sowings are ready to pick, nothing else has come up. There was a lot of heavy rain last week and now it is supposed to be getting warmer so fingers crossed. Still those chilly nights though. Can’t get runner beans to germinate at all this year but have some French bean plants and more seeds sown. Lots of squashes and courgettes ready to go out soon.
Tuesday 21st May.
Last week we had cold nights and one frost but temperatures of 14°c and above in the day. Quite a lot of moving plants in and out of the poly tunnel went on. This week is more settled so plants are able to stay out but there is more watering now.
The garden exploded into bloom and I wowed at all the new flowers and all the butterflies.
Today I saw the first few blackfly on the broad beans so I pinched out all the tops. They are doing really well with beans forming now.
Moved a lot of the dahlias from the greenhouse into the beds making space for the tomato plants. Used very sturdy supports this year!
End of the month
It’s getting full on now with the Irises, peonies and poppies in bloom. Lupins in full flower ready for the first wedding of the season.