The darling buds of May here don’t mean blossoms, rather coloured leaves giving the clear impression that Autumn is here, and Winter is on the way. There’s a lot to do in the tea garden at this time of year. I’ve already brought in the very tender house plants – the anthurium and the spathiphyllums (all still flowering). We haven’t had a frost yet, but on calmer nights the smell is in the air.
My projects for May are:
Plant bulbs – now getting increasingly urgent to get the last of them in
Trim back the dead and dying flowers
Make friends with the lawn
* level out some of the holes
* spread the topsoil to reinforce the thin topsoil layer
* sow grass seed
* groom up the lawn
* spray weeds
Start planning the herbaceous border garden
Start planning the native garden
Trimming, trimming, trimming
If the leaves finally fall from the plum, prune it.