After a cold, wet and windy April, the warm sunny days of the first two weeks of May have been very welcome. May is the time when everything starts to come together. It is the time when all the planning and preparation and also the waiting of the last few months starts to pay off.
All the little seedlings that we planted out in April have survived and look really healthy and with the sunshine and showers of the last few weeks as well as the warmer nights everything has started growing much faster. As the night time frosts have hopefully past now it is time to plant out all the other little plants, the annuals that are not frost resistant. So on Sunday 15th May I planted all the rest of the poppies, Shirley Mixed and Peony Black in the annuals patch along with the Scabiosa Back In Black, Emilia Irish Poet and the Phlox Moody Blues. I also started another perennials section as a sort of over flow and planted the Antirrhinum Circus Clowns there. I hope to add Lysimachia and Alchemilla Mollis when they are ready.
The Sweet Rocket in the perennial patch have started to flower and the Delphiniums will not be long now. To this I added Rudbeckia Gloriosa, Rudbeckia Irish Spring and Antirrhinum Night and Day, this patch is now full.
The Cosmos seedlings are all going into tubs on the patio as they looked so wonderful there last year and they were so popular with the butterflies and the bees, pollinator heaven! We are also going to plant a trough of bright red Nasturtiums also grown from seed.
On a recent visit to Cornwall I noticed that there were Wall Flowers in full flower everywhere and they looked so pretty. It has been a real puzzle as to why the wall flowers have not yet flowered in my cutting patch but at last I think I know the answer. They are in fact not wall flowers at all they are Sweet William!! I have found the seed packet and it very definitely says Wall Flowers Cloth of Gold but they are very definitely not and it has only become evident as they have put on quite a bit of growth in this warmer weather and are starting to produce flowers! I kept looking at them and thinking that they looked more like Sweet William plants and not Wall Flower plants, the foliage was all wrong, so now puzzle solved. So no Wall Flowers this year but a healthy crop of Sweet William, ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ as the saying goes!