The May/June Garden
Well, Spring is finally here although it is still unseasonally chilly in the wind. Plants are shooting up and filling out the borders. Tulips are making way for Alliums with their balls of mainly purple flowers. First come the Globemaster followed by Christophii with large silvery mauve heads. Both are a magnet for bees and butterflies. The seed heads last for a couple of months and can be saved for winter flower arrangements. Flower beds are filling with perennials, some coming into bud as are the roses.
Jobs for the month
Prepare the veg patch for beans (runner and french).
Plant out courgettes and outdoor tomatoes.
Half hardy perennials, over wintered in the greenhouse, can be hardened off before planting towards the end of May.
Clematis need training over arches, shrubs or trees.
Hanging baskets can be hardened off ready for their summer position.
Give clematis and roses a feed of chicken pellets.
Shrub of the month
Daphne Mezereum or Odora.
A small shrub ideal for the smaller garden, neat habit, needs no pruning as it is slow growing. Flowers are pink, crimson or white and very fragrant, followed by red berries loved by birds.
Plant of the week
North American bulb with double cream flowers, needs moist soil. Eyecatching flower spikes.