Through the garden gate in May
Welcome to our monthly view through the garden gate. I realised this month that there is never a good time to leave a garden once the growing season gets under way. We usually go away in June or early July, so we were amazed on returning from our holiday down the Rhine, how everything had increased so much in size, in the short time we had been away!
Thanks to our dear daughter the plants in the greenhouse and conservatory had been well looked after (she has had the house and Tavi and Twinkle too !)
There had been sunshine and heavy rain, which had brought out all the slugs and snails. I think many must have choosen West Bay as a holiday destination - as last year we didn't need to use a deterrent against these blighters! I was saddened to see that the achocha seedlings that I had raised from the seeds Caro from An Urban Vegetable Patch had sent me had disappeared, and also the honesty seedlings from CT's seeds from Countryside Tales were covered in many holes.
The scent and colour of the Matthiola perennial is lovely, We found this flowered for several months last year.
Fresh green growth is everywhere - the cuttings we bought with us and planted in November 2014 have obviously taken quite some time to settle but they are triple the size this year.
The winter sprouting broccoli was badly hit by the strong winter wind,s and has only now started to
produce florets. I expect it will go to seed very quickly, but it is good to eat especially after waiting for it for so long.
In one of the vegetable beds we have a variety of different of salad leaves with a small crop of shallots and this year we are trying elephant garlic. Has anyone ever grown this?
The highlight in the flower gardens apart from the Granny's bonnets is also the French lavender and a beautiful pink rhododendron. What is the best thing in your garden at the moment? Although we have many buds of the roses none are in flower. We saw so many wonderful roses already in flower as we travelled through France and Germany. Thank you for all your comments about travelling down rivers, it was interesting to read of many other stories of boats stranded because of high or low water,
Others who usually participate " Through the garden gate" are :-
Vintage sheet addict. - (Down the garden path)
If any one else wants to join in please just let me know in the comments below, I have found already that it is a good way to keep track of the changes in my garden and notice the changes in the other gardens too.
It has been lovely to have a warm bank holiday weekend. We seem to have spent most of it in the garden. I did manage to attend the Bridport Vintage market and meet up at long last with Vintage Jane. It is always good to meet up with someone you have made friends through blogging. She had some lovely things to buy including some fantastic vintage clothes and homemade cards.
I hope you had a good weekend too, until next time.