The recent heat wave enjoyed (or endured) in the south of the UK, may not have quite reached us up north, but this year our Scottish climate has still been outstanding for warmth, sunshine and dry weather.
We are now beginning to reap the benefits from this warm summer, as the first strawberries ripened up at the end of May.
Flowers in the garden all have their own season, so provided you grow a wide variety of plants the garden can be full of colour all year round.
A mature garden that has been well designed with a lot of interest all year round gives a great deal of pleasure and has plenty of plant stories to write about.
Gardeners could not ask for better weather this year.
We have enjoyed a brilliant spring display of flowering bulbs, wallflower, polyanthus and pansies, but as most have now given us their best it is time to make the change over to the summer bedding plants for beds, borders, tubs, pots and hanging baskets.
The garden is in a constant state of change and every plant or group of plants have their moment in the spotlight.
Growing rhododendrons and azaleas got into my blood in the early years of training around Dundee’s parks and nurseries.
The last week in April saw a return to cold winds and frost so care had to be taken to protect vulnerable plants.
This must be the driest April for a long time. Scotland gets rain in the west, and the north, but seems to miss the Tayside region.