May: Colours of the rainbow
With another (mostly) sunny bank holiday weekend out of the way, it gave us plenty of time to get lots of gardening tasks done with a few days to catch up.
Spring is in full swing, which means there are a whole host of flowering plants to enjoy, and it’s not only the sight of them, but the wonderful fragrances that come with them too. These are my top ten plants for May to put a spring in your step.
When it comes to planning planting schemes, it’s important to consider the type of soil you have and the access to water. If your garden doesn’t get much moisture, or you grow in containers that are hidden from the rain, these drought tolerant plants are a great place to start.
Throughout May there is plenty to look forward to again. On Wednesday 11th May I’ll be going live on Facebook with Yard Force to share my tips on seasonal lawn care and planting up hanging baskets.
This month also marks the return of Chelsea Flower Show in spring for the first time in 2 years, so get that Chelsea look with some of the past trends. As always there will be some spectacular displays to see. At the flower show this year, Harkness Roses’ newly launched Platinum Jubilee Rose can be publicly seen, and you can be in with a chance to win your very own in my giveaway below.
Gardening tip of the month
When you’re gardening, there are certain tools that will come in handy throughout the year, so ensure you have these in your gardening toolkit…
A trowel is crucial for weeding, planting and all sorts, so is an important bit of kit. Also, kneeling on the ground can take its toll on your knees, so a comfortable kneeler can make all the difference.
Get a good stainless steel spade because they stop the dirt from sticking too much. Also, a fork will help you break up and loosen soil. Spray them with WD40 before digging to prevent the soil from sticking.
Get different pairs of gloves to suit the task at hand, such as waterproof ones, lightweight ones, and full arm coverage ones for pruning thorny shrubs. Hand protection in the garden is vital.
Secateurs are the crafters and shapers of the garden and will help keep your garden looking beautiful by using them to trim away dead, damaged and diseased growth off your prized plants.
Here are the winners from April:
OASE Filtral UVC 1500
Miracle-Gro® Peat Free Fruit & Veg Planters
Harkness Chandos Beauty Rose
Congratulations! Look out for even more prize draws throughout May…
David Domoney is a Chartered Horticulturalist, Broadcaster, and Author. David has worked with a number of the UK’s leading garden retailers as a plant buyer and strategic consultant. With more than 30 years experience, in horticulture, David is as passionate about plants now as he was when he bought his first plant at a village fete.
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