May Garden Tips

“..adorned like sweet May”:  This is the time of year when foliage is at its freshest and most vivid. New grass lights the fields. In the garden unfolding leaves shine in the morning sun with lime and zingy acid greens.  Fluffy sweet cicely and cow parsley contrasts with the curling structure of emerging ferns.

Shuttlecock fern, epimedium, geranium, philadelphus and azalea, a green combination.

Shuttlecock fern, epimedium, geranium, philadelphus and azalea, a green combination.

“Rough winds do shake…”:  It is not difficult this first week in May to remember that the weather can be wild – it is snowing outside as I write.  Plants don’t thrive when there are big fluctuations in temperature.  Particularly young and tender seedlings.  Try to protect from cold at night, and excessive heat during the day, keep greenhouses ventilated and  move seedling away from south facing window cills.

Emerging hart's tongue fern

Emerging hart’s tongue fern

“It droppeth as the gentle rain..”: Water any newly planted specimens during dry periods. Give particular attention to larger plants and trees.  Water copiously, but seldom.

Wild English Bluebells

Wild English Bluebells

“This goodly frame the earth…”:  Catch up with weeding and mulching, delayed by the cold weather.  When the soil warms enough for good weed growth, sow french beans and runner beans where they are to grow.  Sow salads and plant sprouted potatoes. Sow brassicas for next winter’s harvest, such as kale, purple sprouting broccoli and winter cabbage.

Sweet cicely, cow parsley and geranium - a May medley

Sweet cicely, cow parsley and geranium – a May medley

By | 2017-04-03T08:48:26+00:00 April 29th, 2016|Gardening Tips|Comments Off on May Garden Tips