There are many beginnings in a garden, from the first snowdrops to first fruit, but May is that lovely time of year when everything is about to pop, new plants are ready to go out in the garden and the risk of frost is almost past. (Ne’er cast a clout till May is out.)
Every Saturday The Propagator invites his many followers to share six things that are happening in their gardens, so here are mine.
- Tagetes cinnabar seedlings
A big thank you to The Propagator for sending me these Tagetes seedlings by post. You can see they are looking exceedingly healthy. Just after they arrived, I found a few old Tagetes seedlings which I bought from Great Dixter a couple of years ago, so I decided to sow the two sets side by side for comparison. The Prop’s seedlings have come up nicely on the right of this tray, but hardly any of the Dixter seeds have germinated on the left. I think The Prop’s seeds also came originally from Great Dixter, so I conclude that Tagetes seeds do not do well after the first year. A question – should I pot these on, or can I be lazy and plant them out directly?
2. Rosa Gertrude Jekyll
Here she is, blooming once again in my garden, one of the nation’s favourite roses and rightly so for her glorious colour and divine scent. Can’t beat her.
3. New bed
I planted up the front of a new bed this week, where the box and Choisya Ternata used to be (the Choisya had been relying on the box for support, so collapsed after I took it down in the winter winds). It doesn’t look much at the moment, what with that scrappy patch of lawn in front, but I am hoping that in a month or so it will come into its own. The planting is a bit of a mish mash – two Scabious, a red Asiatic lily, a Geum, lemon balm and sedum – the last two bought at a doorstep plant sale round the corner, added to the existing irises and red hot poker.
4. Persicaria amplicaulex
I bought this Persicaria from Marchants Hardy Plants in the autumn and it is now coming back. It has been under a bit of a attack from molluscs, but hopefully it will pull through and produce those lovely red spires later in the year.
Aconitum, or Monkshood, is very beautiful, but deadly poisonous, so I do worry about having it in a garden with children. I didn’t plant it, it was here when we arrived. I think I will let it flower and then cut it down (making sure to wear gloves).
The alliums are back in town, offset well by the Ceanothus behind and the Bleu Aimable tulips – both just going over. In front, the pink peonies are about to pop.