Jobs In the Garden For May

May is a very exciting time for the garden – with April showers hopefully now well behind us, some dry weather will let us get on with those last minute jobs before summer kicks in.

Summer bedding

Thanks to the mild start to the year you may already have been bringing on your seedlings and plug plants, and be ready to pot them on. Mid to late May is the best time to plant out summer bedding, when the last lingering chances of a frost are gone.

Begonia Apricot Shades

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If you’ve left it a bit late this year ‘garden ready’ plug plants can provide the ideal solution. There are several varieties available that can be planted directly into their final location, including Geraniums, Impatiens, and these glorious Begonia Illumination “Apricot Shades Enhanced”. Producing an avalanche of gorgeous cascading apricot blooms – these are perfect for planting straight into hanging baskets or window boxes.

Tidy! Tidy! Tidy!

With the garden coming alive and the weather still cool enough to make working pleasant, this really is the time to get lots of jobs done, particularly the big tidy up. If you haven’t started already, getting on top of emerging weeds now will pay dividends throughout the entire season. Look out for seedlings, dig out perennial weeds, and continually remove any persistent weeds throughout the summer.

You’re probably going to have to start mowing the lawn regularly from now, and hedges and topiary may need some clipping to help them grow into a nice neat shape as the summer progresses.

Another great job for this month is to treat your wooden garden furniture to some TLC. Choose a dry day to treat, stain or paint them to help prolong their lifespan.

Geraniums Century

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Enjoying your spring bulbs

Gardens are bursting with Daffodils and Tulips up and down the country, with Allium, Anemones, and Eremurus still to look forward to. You can already pre-order many spring bulbs for next year, so start looking for early bargains now!

Preparing ground (feeding, fertilising and supporting)

Spring is when life in the garden begins and now is the ideal time to make sure your plants get the best possible start. Preparing the ground properly and ensuring you are watering, feeding and fertilising your soil will give you vigorous, healthy plants all summer.

As plants start to flourish you may find taller perennials will need some support either by staking or a trellis.

If you have climbing plants now is the time to tie them up so that can you control the direction you want them to grow. Clematis Montana varieties will be putting on a spectacular show throughout this month, but remember they will need pruning at the end of the month when the flowers have passed to keep them tidy, and, if the weather’s right, to encourage a second late summer flowering.


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May really takes us into the summer, and when all that work is over we can enjoy the results and relax in our beautifully blooming gardens!

Alex Corlett

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