What's going on in the gardens in May
April this year lived up to its lively reputation of sunshine and showers with the sting of a cooler days and cooler nights at the end so we're feeling anxious about frosts at the moment but happy that it's not raining 24/7. It's a wonder we're not all bald from pulling our hair out trying to anticipate and work within the bands of changing weather; but gardeners like farmers are generally fretful abut weather forecasts and it keeps us on our toes at this time of year.
The trenches for the new biomass boiler have now been reinstated and turfed over, an unexpected addition to the seasonal schedule of jobs-to-do. Choosing the right moment for using machines to help us in this task, has encouraged regular scrutiny of weather reports to make sure we don't start something which we can't finish due to rain/sleet /snow- take your choice!
As spring blooms and with the last of the daffodils still waving furiously, new plants are going into various sites around the gardens. Young plants, largely half hardy, which have been nursed over the winter months in the glasshouses and cold frames, make their way to the borders in the gardens during early May. To accompany these, new planting areas, such as the bedding borders west of the college, require some new plants which we buy in from wholesale nurseries. It's a juggling act trying to get them all planted in the sunnier weather and we'll be watching the forecast over the next few weeks in case we have to take drastic action against frosts. Enough about the weather!