May has skipped past with its usual quickstep.
It’s once again the time of year when aquilegias earn their reputation as cottage garden favourites – and sometime show-garden stars.
As May drew to a close, the garden was alight with flares of early summer colour.
For over a week, we have been enjoying warm sunshine here, although strong winds have been frequent visitors.
As the last week of May unfolds, the garden is surging with vibrant colour.
Wild winds have been sweeping through the garden here for a week or more, bringing a further mix of sunshine and showers; sheltered spots in the sunshine feel warm but the wind sweeps its icy fingers across everything and temperatures have plummeted for the past couple of nights.
Last spring, before the building works started, I was filled with optimism and sowed seeds for a variety of cottage garden flowers, envisaging the garden borders swelling with these new treasures in the summer to come. Over a year later, the building work is yet to come to an end, and the borders still lie …