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Spring being a tough act to follow

“Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.” Al Bernstein June is here at last. The 1st of June is the meteorological start of summer and the real start to things flowering in the garden. And it’s going to be a busy month, so we had a couple of extra volunteer sessions this week. We spent last Sat morning getting our large decorated containers out of the yard and putting them into the garden. Then filling them up with 3 tons of the top soil we had in bags in the garden. We had extra help from the local Rotary and WI thank goodness. The volunteers worked very hard filling up every container we had in the garden and the yard. We’ve soil left over that we need to move into the yard,

If you would be happy for a month

If you would be happy for a month, kill a pig; but if you would be happy all your life, plant a garden. ~ Chinese Proverb With the sunny weather we’ve been having, I’ve noticed a lot of people using the garden this week. It makes me feel all the hard work is worth it, when you hear people saying how lovely it is. Despite it being next to the High Street and traffic, it is very peaceful to sit in. I’ve spent this week trying to keep the veg seedlings I have at home, healthy in this hot weather. The seeds that were planted in April didn’t do very well and most had to be re-sown in May. Generally these came up, but many have been munched by snails. Luckily other volunteers also have seedlings t

Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun

"Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun." - Kahlil Gibran It’s a long blog this week as I’ve been out and about quite a bit, making the most of the sunshine and a few days off. First I headed to the Malvern Hills for a few days. Whilst there I found myself getting the chance to go to the RHS Spring Show. It’s a large site with just a few garden layouts, but lots of garden products. Also crafts and food, so it kept me happy. It was interesting to see what the popular garden products are at the moment. There were lots of wooden seats and benches there, particularly hand carved ones, very rustic. Nothing like the reading seats we have in the garden though. Different types of plant sup

May is thought to have been named after the Greek goddess Maia

"I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature's rebirth?" - Edward Giobbi May is thought to have been named after the Greek goddess Maia, who is associated with fertility, the land and its growth. This seems appropriate at the moment as the recent sunshine is having an effect on the garden and the seeds we’ve sown. The tub of potatoes is full of leaf popping through the soil I have earthed up. Many of our seeds are finally coming through. And I’ve found the first plant with white and greenfly in the garden. The main problem with a period of sun

But I must gather knots of flowers

'But I must gather knots of flowers, And buds and garlands gay, For I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother, I'm to be Queen o' the May.' - Alfred Lord Tennyson Well I was never a May Queen, but it’s nearly May Day, once called Beltane in more pagan times. And it’s almost like the garden is celebrating. There’s lots of new growth and some plants are in flower. I keep coming across lovely things in unexpected places. For example I keep finding colourful weeds amongst the grass. And dinosaur world has alpines that are doing well and are about to flower. Finches and blackbirds are eating seeds and worms while I work. The pots of bulbs are still going well. I love the ‘suffragette tub’ by the ra

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