With May Bank holiday come and gone, now it’s time to look forward (hopefully) to the busiest month of the gardening season. The weather has been some sunshine but mostly showers so far, it rained most of the days and the lawn grass is competing with the weeds to overtake the berry bushes… I keep scaring the fat pigeons who think that the tiny showing of spring onions and carrots belong to them. All of my plants are still inside, either in the house or in a green house, but I live in hope!
There have been a few lovely surprises – our tulips are blossoming in the front lawn, a few gladioli pushed through and the lilies look healthy promising flowers soon. AND I finally got my strawberry plants from DT Brown. They are of ever-bearing variety called Finesse. I have 10 of them now waiting to be planted out (must not forget to cut off any flowers that appear before the end of May as supposedly it’ll help with better harvest for the rest of the season!).
My 5 year old daughter also has her little secret garden on a window sill. On 2nd May she sowed some sunflowers, French beans and dwarf beans Hestia and now she is anxiously checking every morning if anything has appeared in those pot noodle pots!
I also discovered a new magazine with a few of my favourite things together, it was launched just in April with a slogan “Life at nature’s pace”. According to a publicity release, the magazine’s editorial content will be based around the growing seasons and “will celebrate the joy of the garden, simple seasonal kitchen food, traditional British crafts and the wonder of nature and the countryside.”
Take a peek at their website – landscapemagazine.co.uk . They have already posted some craft projects and recipes from the launch issue and some information about to expect in their next issue which will be on sale from June 13th. I must mention that they are bi-monthly for now and are welcoming all ideas and suggestions for what people would like to read about in their issues. Their asparagus and chorizo tart looks yummy and the simple flower arrangements with freesias are lovely!
Apparently they have a similar magazine in Germany – http://www.landlust.de – and it is quite popular over there. Maybe I should subscribe to a German version instead to brush up my very rusty German? Now that’s a thought…