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It is the end of May and the English Gardens are starting to get that lush feel.
There has been an awful lot of rain this year so lawns are taking a lot of mowing! In the flower beds there are many beautiful flowers in bloom and lots more just in bud.
John Tradescent was growing Aquilegias in the 1640’s so they are very old traditional flower in the English Garden.
They are very easy to grow – if you need more info please click on http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art21423.asp Granny’s Bonnets, which I think is a delightful name for these lovely flowers.
Another old favourite just coming into bloom is Lily of the Valley or Our Lady's Tears.
This lovely little flower with its delicate white bells has been grown since 1000BC and ideally you should plant a grove of them beside a seat so you can appreciate their scent - the real thing is so much pleasanter than the bottled version. Check out http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art21208.asp Lily of the Valley.
End of May sees the roses starting to come into bloom – no English garden should be without roses.
If you only have a balcony or small yard then you can still grow roses in containers, there are some http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art31367.aspsuggestions
The world is a rose; smell it and pass it to your friends.
- Persian Proverb
Tips for late May
Now is the time to give your spring bulbs (the ones which have finished flowering) a feed of general purpose fertilizer – preferably organic –which helps them to build up their strength for glorious flowers next year.
Remember to let the leaves of daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs die down naturally. Remove them only when they have gone yellowy-brown and limp.
Sweet peas need tying in to their supports this will encourage them to climb up and make a good display, instead of flopping all over the place.
If you have primroses now is a good time to divide them. You can put the small plants in pots until they have grown on and are ready for planting out again. They are best planted in the autumn.
This way you can increase your stock of primroses each year.
If you haven’t planted up some pots with summer annuals you still have time to do so – but you will have to buy the plants. Busy Lizzies, Lobelia, Begonias, nasturtiums, nemesia, annual carnations or stocks.
If you enjoy jigsaw puzzles then why not have a go at the http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art24199.asp Scabious Puzzle or the http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art22718.asp Daisy Flower puzzle.
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Hellie T. http://www.bellaonline.com/Site/englishgarden English Garden Editor
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