Marvelous May

I think its safe to say were are all sick of April.  It sure did give us plenty of time to look at the structure in our gardens with more than enough time to plan and understand what was missing when the weather is endlessly grey and dull.

But May has arrived and with that my mother (well the last week of April but that’s in the details).  The garden awakens as do I and you must hardly blink or you will miss it.  With my mum visiting I got to spend a week up at the cottage with the original can-doer (mum).  With plenty of time to get on with projects and to bask in the beauty of both maternal mother and mother nature.  Nothing is so good for the soul as to be outside come rain or shine with dirt under your nails, mug of tea in hand.  Plunging you hand into soil is my version of drinking a fine wine or some other decadent behavior, look at composted cow manure as a fine vintage.

I can see the irises rising from there long slumber, the first flush of green crossing there cheeks.  The alliums are spreading there long arms and soaking up the sun.  All those bulbs you plant with expectation in the autumn are showing themselves, and the persistent thought of I wish I planted more, and then also the question, how do I remember where I need to plant more? (suggestions on a postcard please). This month is all anticipation and hope for the months ahead, as everything remerges. You have to hold back and wait to see if everything made it through the winter or run the risk of splicing a plant or two with an over eager swing of the spade.  But it is most important to sit a while, after a day in the garden and enjoy this lush new growth.  My lavender looks a little ragged, and I may have lost a rose or two due to my lack of mulching and I am forever dumbfounded at the buddleia.  Back in my others garden it is alive with gusto, sprouting new growth all over.  Here it languishes for months before waking up to give us its showy display. So this month is all about enjoying the upcoming and planning for more, but trying to hold back.  I have so many lupin seedlings along with what I hope is verbena bonariensis all looking promising.  I am crossing my fingers again for foxglove seedlings but they are still hiding. These first few weekends of sunshine and exhaustion form the garden are like the first pollen the bee starts collecting, natures life blood and I couldn’t be any happier…..

 

Here come the grape hyacinth, and with it the regret i didn’t plant a thousand more!!

Could you be any happier than a wheel barrow full of plants and soil 

The water trough in its full glory, i will continue to add herbs and the moss will grow up and around it 

Need to fill in the terra-cotta pots….

I got to finish my stone trough, which utilized a stock tank then clad in stone with a gravity fed pipe (happy to give more info if needed) and is the centre piece of the herb garden.  Still obsessing on how best to hide an ugly grill, so far a burlap throw seems to be the best answer, again any thoughts are much appreciated.  How I dream of big clumps of lupins.  My crazy friend found more giant plants for free that involved digging them up from strangers then proceeding to have said bushes throw themselves out the back of my truck into on coming traffic.  I thought gardening was meant to be a stress free past time, the things we do for a giant holly bush…..

I re ignited my battle with lupins after swearing I wouldn’t go through the heart break again.  The humid american weather and the slugs are out to thwart me at every turn.  I am trying two less  finicky varieties, noble maiden and gallery white.  Please cross all of your fingers they live longer than an annual.

 

In the potting shed, who doesn’t love their potting shed ..

I got all the balls trimmed in the garden, a job in its self.  They are not a crisp edge as they are relatively new and were shaggy and messy when i got them, so this is sort of season one.  They got a good feed with Epsoma Organic Plant tone.  This is my favourite feed, obviously organic but it works great, you cant really over feed with this and i love the smell…..

Sea weed feed where and when i can.  Every little helps after a long winter and im getting to it good and early this year so they have plenty of time to absorb and digest 🙂

Good drainage in pots for herbs is essential, as is using up the old rubble from walls i have knocked down in the house!

I need to get on this! It could not be easier to plant alliums and then make a killing come spring time!

My on going hedge additions.  I always like to see at this time of year before the willow grows in along the hedge row where this a gap or two.  Then I can add in a holly to give me evergreen screening.  The long term goal is a beautiful thick holly hedge with beech and willow woven through.

Agapanthus going in, first time trying these so lets see…

 

Here you can glimpse the galvanized stock tank before i clad it in stone.  I made sure to leave space all around it to get soil in so moss and grass can grow up around the lip.  Also putting stone inside the tank on the back wall really helps disguise the metal material it is made out of.  Think it came out pretty good, just give it a month or so to fill in and it will look like its been there for centuries.

This maybe the most boring job…. scarifying and over seeding but i hope it pays off… 

 

This month I’m working on 

Adding t0 the white border, adding more perennials and fighting the urge to widen it another foot

Finishing the herb kitchen garden

Landscaping steps to a future driveway 

Adding summer bulbs (I will post a list)

Starting a bunch of foxglove seedlings that will bloom next year 

Buying more plants that I can’t fit in my garden 

Overseeding and scarify the lawn (do this asap) 

Trim your boxwoods

Give everything a good feed be it multipurpose fertilizer and i now start with the sea weed feed and anything else that needs specific feed, a little lime for the lawn and the lavender never hurt