May Day Holiday – labouring in the garden

End-of-dayUnusual for us Brits to get a Bank Holiday with sunshine so I made the most of it busy in the garden. Seem to be snowed under with self-sewn white honesty this year.

Honesty-soldiers

All the greens are vivid and fresh and over the pergola the wisteria is just about to burst into its dramatic display.

Spring-garden

It’s a busy time in the garden pricking out seedlings, potting on and preparing the raised beds for plantings.

Pricking-out

I’m always surprised at how each year the garden is different. Over the winter some plants have survived and others have withered, but this spring the amalanchier lamarkii (Juneberry) is finally looking tree-like after 10 years.

Amalanchier lamarkii finally looking more like a tree than a shrub.

Amalanchier lamarkii finally looking more like a tree than a shrub.

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6 Responses to May Day Holiday – labouring in the garden

  1. Gorgeous garden – very English looking! We just moved into our present house last November and so I’m looking forward to making this little garden mine. Wisteria is just a fantasy this far north so consider sharing photos of yours when it blooms please.

    • agnesashe says:

      Yes – I feel for you folks gardening in harsher zones. Every now and then I have a little look at moving up to Scotland, but I think, oh dear I wouldn’t be able to grow this or that etc etc. Maybe one day I’ll exchange small town suburban gardening for the wilds of the Scottish Islands and let nature do all the hard graft!

  2. margaret21 says:

    I love your nod to the European meaning of May Ist, which we don’t seem to share here: I think it’s a shame that our own Bank Holiday isn’t on the day itself. We too are eagerly awaiting the now-about-to-flower wisteria, but in other respects your flowers seem to be ahead of ours. Still, all this warm wetness can only help the garden grow.

    • agnesashe says:

      I think my view of May Day comes down to combining the twin 21st-century associations of rural Maypoles and pagan springs with workers’ rights and a day off!
      My sister lives in Devon and her wisteria is already out. We usually see that her garden is often about 7-10 days ahead of my mine here in East Anglia. Trouble with warm wetness it also favours the slug population – yuck!

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