As a young gardener, plant propagation was a very important topic.
Pumpkins and courgettes have a lot of similarities in their needs for producing good crops.
Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Camellias flood the garden with colour in late spring when most spring bedding plants and bulbs have faded away.
It may only be mid May, but summer has arrived.
In my early training years to become a gardener we were taught how to garden by the book. There was a good practise guide for all crops and if you followed it precisely you would get exhibition standard results.
Choosing plants for the garden is usually fairly simple for most areas, but there is always an awkward corner in deep shade from buildings, trees, hedges or fences. These areas can still be made very attractive provided you choose the right plants. Some plants like dry shady areas and others prefer it moist, so do some research before buying in plants. Prepare the ground by digging over, removing big stones and add some planting compost ahead of planting.
May is normally the peak flowering time for tulips, but with our mild winters and early spring, tulips have been in flower since March.
Saskatoons which are also known as Juneberries are relatively unknown in UK and as yet not grown commercially for fruit although a few nurseries stock them for sale to the public.
April flowers are dominated by daffodils in gardens, local authorities’ parks and open spaces and as cut flower in the home.
Although the spring flowers are just getting started we still need to look ahead to a plan of action to make sure the summer flowers will put on a great show.