The Garden in May

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May is the best month of the year for gardening in my opinion; everything is suddenly shooting up as if out of nowhere, there’s lots already in bloom and even more promise of the months ahead.

I’m a bit late with this month’s garden post, but ‘sorry not sorry’ because it’s allowed this  little pink azalea in the photo above to come into bloom! It has such a lovely colour – it was practically dead when we moved in here and has taken so well to being moved from the pot to the ground (which is more on the neutral side of things than the acid soil it prefers, so I had my doubts as to how well it would do)

I’ve made some good progress on the lawn maintenance I mentioned last month – after some intensive raking with our lawn rake, I ended up borrowing my Dad’s electric rake which made for a far easier job. After removing so much dead grass and moss, the lawn is looking so much greener and hopefully will improve as the season goes on.

 

Garden shot - full length

 

The other big job has been unveiling all the garden furniture – major excitement! Our patio was laid last summer and I don’t feel we really got the most use out of it, so I’m really excited to get out there all the time this year, especially now Max is happier to run around the garden (last year he was very unhappy about the feel of grass!)

 

White tulips in pot

Pink Tulip - Mistress

White and pink tulips in pots

 

April is always tulip month – all of mine are now out and we have  a lovely display of pink and white.

May and June is peony season and I’m always sad that it’s so short lived. We have two types of peony in our garden – a lovely deep pink one that I don’t know the name of (if you recognise it, do let me know), and a fluffy pink Sarah Bernhardt. It looks like the deep pink will be blooming any day now!

 

Acer

 

This acer has suddenly become a riot of colourful red!

The alliums (purple sensation) are up and just opening and should be out very soon. I love their big pom pom heads, they make me smile every time I see them.

 

The Vegetable Garden

The onions in the raised beds are doing fantastically. So much so that I’ve removed the protective netting as they were growing up through it. Fingers crossed for a good crop come autumn.

 

Raised bed - growing onions

 

The potatoes in bags are also doing well – the leaves keep on coming, so I’m keeping them well topped up with compost.

My leek seedlings are now ready to be hardened off, and I’ve been standing them outside for a few hours every day in preparation for planting out later this month.

 

Nemaslug nematodes

 

Apparently it’s going to be a bad year for slugs, according to this from the BBC. I have a few plants that seem particularly attractive to slugs, including hostas and lupins, so last week I applied Nematodes to our garden. Nematodes are an organic pest control method that kill slugs beneath the soil in one week. Fingers crossed for my hostas which have only just started to emerge – I’ll let you know how I get on!

 

Jobs for the Garden in May

  • Plant out dahlia tubers for a summer display once the danger of frost has passed
  • Plant up summer bedding plants in pots or in the ground
  • May is still a great time for dividing perennials
  • Hostas can be divided as they begin to grow up
  • Keep up the weeding, but watch out for perennials coming up – I nearly took up an echinacea I’d forgotten about earlier this month!
  • Try to get into a routine of mowing the lawn weekly

 

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28 Comments
  • Luke Strickland
    May 11, 2016

    Your garden is looking great! We’ve also done some lawn care – I put down some feed and deweed granules over the weekend, and with the heat and rain this week it’s gone bonkers! Our tulips started early and have passed on now, but all our veg are getting going ok – just trying to keep the slugs at bay in our cold frame before planting seedlings out on our allotment! Enjoyed connecting with your blog via #BloggerClubUK

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 11, 2016

      Thanks so much Luke! It’s amazing what this weather has done for the grass – we put our feed down on Saturday too and it’s really noticeable how much better it looks compared to the photos here (which were from just after I’d done the massive raking mission!) Slugs are my nemesis right now (which I suppose serves me right for growing all their favourite foods!). I would tentatively say that the Nematodes seem to be working (5 days since I put it down and I’ve not noticed any new nibbles!)

  • justsayingmum
    May 11, 2016

    looks beautiful! I want to be sat down on your seating area, cup of coffee, reading a book – peace, bliss – it really has a beautiful feel your garden #BloggerClubUK

  • Rebecca
    May 11, 2016

    Garden looks fantastic Katy! You are inspiring me. I’ve never taken an interest in gardening but now we have one I want it to look nice! A long road ahead but reading your posts inspires me to get out there!! Enjoy the rewards of all your hard work 🙂

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 11, 2016

      Thanks Becky. It is a long road ahead for me too and I need to learn to be patient – I’ve cleared so much and done a lot of replanting, so it all needs to grow in which is going to take longer than just this year. I do love gardening though – it’s lovely to get outside, and to have some alone time, and I also love the knowledge that you can do everything right and still things might not succeed for one reason or another – it’s quite liberating!

  • NewMummy Blogger
    May 11, 2016

    Your garden looks amazing! Well done! I absolutely love alliums too and tried to move some with us, but I’m not sure it worked, quite a few that we moved haven’t yet appeared, so I’m hoping they’ll recover next year. I’m going to have read through your other gardening posts, and might actually write my own too so I can keep track of what we have so I don’t forget next year! #bloggerclubuk

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 11, 2016

      Thanks so much! I do love keeping a monthly record – I looked back on my March post and it was reassuring how much things had come along (I’d got a bit disheartened when I saw these photos!). I do need to learn more patience!

      I was surprised my alliums came back up this year – I took a few up with the intention of moving them as they weren’t in an ideal spot and they just fell apart into all the little segments. I replanted them individually and chucked a sprinkle of bonemeal in with them but wasn’t hopeful! Hopefully yours will return next year – they seem to be more resilient than I thought!

  • Stephanie Robinson
    May 11, 2016

    Everything goes a bit bonkers in May doesn’t it? And it’s a rush to get those seedlings in before they go leggy. #homeetc

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 12, 2016

      It’s a crazy time! I’m in such a dilemma with my seedlings – we’re still getting frosts occasionally, but they do need to go in now!

  • Sarah Christie
    May 11, 2016

    Katie it is looking fab now, and our garden has just started to sprout, I love this time of year when the buds start to appear. In fact we visited the garden centre at the weekend and I may have got a bit carried away but went for some long term plants and flowers that I have wanted for ages. And as for slugs and snails grrrr they ate all our dafs so we have just got some pet friendly pellets, so there is hope for the hosters x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 12, 2016

      Oh, I love a good garden centre splurge! Always worth spending money on plants though as they last for so long and bring so much happiness (or that’s how I always justify it!) Best of luck for your hostas Sarah!!

  • White Camellias
    May 12, 2016

    OMG tulips are my absolute favourite flowers! Your garden looks absolutely amazing and i’m having a garden envy moment right now… x #bloggerclubuk

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 12, 2016

      Thanks Patricia – I don’t think you’d be having garden envy anymore; in a bout of awful luck we had a flood yesterday and the entire garden was under water! It’s receding now, but I don’t think I’ll be sharing a June garden update somehow!

  • Julia Bryson
    May 13, 2016

    I love your garden it is wonderful! This is a nice time of year isn’t it when everything just starts to flower. What a fab acer too – I had one once but it didn’t survive! x #homeetc Julia @ Rainbeaubelle

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 14, 2016

      Thanks so much Julia. I have no idea what the trick is to acers – this one does fabulously with no help whatsover, but I have another one that looks pretty poor. Both are in shade, in fair damp soil, it’s strange!

  • Keira @ Dekko Bird
    May 14, 2016

    Love love love your gardening updates Katy! I too am a keen (but novice) gardener and at the minute i’m either pulling up perennials thinking they’re weeds or (possibly worse) letting giant weeds grow that I think are perennials!!! Looking forward to seeing your May update next x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 14, 2016

      Ah, I’ve done that with a few this year after completely forgetting what I’d planted towards the end of last year – I nearly pulled up an echinacea and a hosta before I realised just in time! This time I’m making a proper planting plan of our garden to avoid that mistake again!

  • Fionnuala Zinnecker
    May 15, 2016

    I have to admit Katy that you are my gardening guide lately. We seem to have quite a few of the same plants in the garden – potatoes, peony, tulips,… I love your list of things to do. I was jsut getting into the swing of mowing regularly when a week of rain hit and the lawn is far too soggy to mow. The weekend had been dry, so maybe tomorrow.
    #homeetc

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 16, 2016

      It’s so difficult, isn’t it? The weather always keeps us on our toes! Are your peonies out yet? Our first has just bloomed over the weekend, it’s gorgeous! The others are still to come – can’t wait!

  • Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    May 16, 2016

    Slugs are a nuisance. The only thing for us was to go out & pull them all off – and the caterpillars too. I’d be interested to hear if that slug killer works. Your garden is gorgeous – you have put so much work into it. I feel so terrible that it flooded – how is it since? I adore the white tulips – I’ve never seen them before! Thanks so much for linking up with #bloggerclubuk x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 18, 2016

      Thanks Becky – it’s actually looking remarkably good all things considered! It’s dried out really quickly with the sunny weather and it looks like lots of the plants should make it. Fingers crossed!

  • mummyofboygirltwins
    May 17, 2016

    It looks gorgeous but I am reading this after the flood photo! Hope it’s all Ok and back to normal again soon. Great job and thanks for sharing 🙂 Jess xx

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    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 18, 2016

      Thanks Jess – it all dried out really quickly thanks to the sunny weather. We’re just waiting now to see what hasn’t made it through…

  • Caro Davies
    May 17, 2016

    Electric rake?! Who knew??! That sounds just what we need for our garden — we have SO much moss in the lawn! I feel a bit sad to see these pictures after seeing the flooded one on Twitter 🙁 So sad — I hope it’s not caused too much damage, when the water finally recedes. Thanks for sharing on #HomeEtc , Caro xx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 18, 2016

      Thanks so much Caro – it’s all looking pretty good actually! And the electric rake is fab – you have to get one! My Dad mentioned it to me on a Sunday evening, after I’d spent the whole weekend hand raking it! The electric one made things so much easier!

  • Su {Ethan&Evelyn}
    May 22, 2016

    Wow! Your garden looks so wonderful and neat. I wish I have a garden like this. I have a lot of slug in my garden so I think I will need to get some of this Nematodes thing. Also I really like the “Jobs for the Garden in May” – really nice touch. I will be pinning this. Hope this is okay with you. 🙂 #BeInspired in the garden

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 23, 2016

      Of course! So pleased that the job list is useful – I know I find it a really good reminder of what I should be doing! Way too much to hold all that info in my head! So far, the nematodes seem to have been really good – not noticed any nibbles on anything since applying them.

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