What a spring it has been so far! Some glorious gardening weather and then a cold snap towards the end of April to prove to us that we are in Britain after all. The wise will have been protecting tender plants with fleece or cloches against the night time chill. But we are approaching 10 May which is the magic date, in our area, where the last danger of frost should be over.
Then a sense of liberty can take over and we can launch into planting summer baskets and containers with a cornucopia of colourful bedding plants – soft and pastel or vibrant and wild- just as you wish.
Of course some shrubs have flowered already. So now is the time to prune early flowering shrubs such as Kerria japonica and Forsythia and Ribes.
In the vegetable patch we are free to sow Marrows and Courgettes, Runner Beans and Sweet Corn and plant tender vegetables such as Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Aubergines, Peppers and Melons in grow bags. Take cuttings of Sage, Thyme and Rosemary. Turning to fruit place straw around Strawberry plants, de-shoot Peaches and Nectarines and feed Figs and mulch.
I do hope you enjoy the freedom of gardening in May