May 2017

May 2017

Our flower cutting patch this May is slowly beginning to take shape. We have had some lovely warm sunny days and also some really cold nights the last week of April and the first two weeks of May. Thankfully everything has survived and we will soon be reaching that magical cut off time when the nights become too short for a frost to form and growing really takes off! It has also been very dry and so frequent watering has to be done.

The Annuals cutting patch has grown a lot in the last three weeks

The Annuals cutting patch has grown a lot in the last three weeks

This weekend we are planting out all the remaining seedlings, Bupleurum, Scabiosa, three varieties of perennial poppies and three varieties of annual poppies (yes I know, went a bit overboard on the poppies this year!). To accommodate all of these my long suffering but so very patient husband has had to extend the cutting patch just a bit, I think next year I might be banned from buying any seeds! We also have Snap Dragons (Antirrhinums) and two varieties of Rudbeckia ready to go into pots and the perennial Rudbeckia are ready to pot on. We also need to find a home for all the remaining Cosmos as I slightly over did these as well!

Poppy 'Bridal Silk' flowering for the first time

Poppy ‘Bridal Silk’ flowering for the first time

The survivors of the hardy annuals that over wintered from the seed planted last September are all starting to flower, Nigella, Poppies (of course) and Cornflowers. The perennials are all doing really well, the Lupins are starting to flower and the Delphiniums will be soon. We have staked the Delphiniums early this year in the hope that we won’t get caught out again with the strong winds that we get sometimes here in the south west. Last year at the end of June just when they were at their most glorious, our Delphiniums were almost destroyed by wind.

Poppies planted last year are starting to flower

Poppies planted last year are starting to flower

For our next door neighbour’s wedding in July, I think we will almost definitely have Delphiniums, Sweet William, Cornflowers, Nigella, Ammi Majus and Sweet Peas and possibly Alchemilla Mollis, Gypsophela and Bupleurum if they are ready in time. The Sweet Peas that we pinched out when they were very small are now really strong with good sturdy stems and lots of side stems. By contrast the Sweet Peas that we didn’t pinch out are very straggly and weak stemmed.

Ten Days Later

What a difference in such a short space of time. It just goes to show what a bit of warm weather, some sunshine and some rain can have on the plants.  It has been ideal growing conditions and everything has shot up.

Beautiful Lupins starting to flower

Beautiful Lupins starting to flower

It was a smart move staking the Delphiniums early this year as we have had a couple of quite nasty storms with strong wind, heavy rain and also a hail and thunderstorm.  Without the stakes the Delphiniums would have been badly damaged just when they are beginning to look fabulous. The Lupins are looking really colourful and beautiful and the Sweet William are just starting to flower.

The flower cutting patch beginning to look lovely

The flower cutting patch beginning to look lovely