As the month of May approaches with the promise of warmer weather and two bank holidays, it’s a good time to get the garden, or whatever outdoor space you have, ready to enjoy during the summer ahead.
Azaleas are another plant that provide vibrant colour in the borders at this time of year, whether you prefer an orange azalea a red azalea, a pink azalea, or a white azalea, or maybe a mix! Depending on your soil, you may need to use Azalea compost
If you love climbers, clematis are lovely at this time of year too – choose from any of these Clematis Montana Rubens is pretty and scented Clematis 'Miss Bateman with its large white flowers the very popular Clematis 'Nelly Moser' and this vibrant dark red clematis
As my clematis plants are a couple of years old now, I’m treating them with this special clematis feed
Gardening is not just about choosing and planting lovely shrubs and plants, there are jobs to do too:
Lawns should be mown weekly from now on; there are many mowers to chose from and I find this Flymo suits my lawns but if you’re not a fan of mowing why not sit back and watch this Robotic Lawn Mower do the work for you
The next task is to weed and hoe the flower beds (a great workout!) which makes such a difference to the look of the garden as well as getting rid of unwanted weeds
When the lawns look good, my eyes are drawn to my garden paths which are a mix of old stone flags and cobbles so these need regular weeding; this weeding knife is invaluable and saves my nails! I must buy one of these garden kneelers to save my knees!
Another purchase to be made: I’ll be investing in some electric hedge trimmers and some topiary clippers as I have a yew tree that I want to practice topiary on and other shrubs that need a trim! I’ve also seen this topiary cutting mat which may make life easier and may gain inspiration from this book on topiary
May is a good time to prune spring flowering shrubs which I manage to do with this set of secateurs
and to finish planting evergreen shrubs – these are just I few that I’m considering to fill some gaps and add variety to my flower beds:
Far nicer than some of the other methods and as I have hedgehogs visiting the garden, I avoid slug pellets.
While sitting on the bench earlier, I saw it needs a little TLC, a sanding down with the sander, sanding sheets and a new coat or two of paint such as this pale green which matches my gate! need to add brushes to my list!
I find these tasks quite therapeutic and time away from my computer screen is also good for the eyes and posture –fortunately I have many jobs to enjoy outdoors.
I protect the path and plants from splashes with this dust sheet
Happy gardening………….I must get on with my jobs!
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