What's it like in your garden?
<span>My toms are actually not as far ahead as they normally are. In fact everything is behind. I've just been checking my gardening diary and this year the apple blossom is about three weeks behind last year. The <span>cotoneasterwas in full flower by 9th May last year but this year it is nowhere near flowering.
This will be the third year I have kept visual records of my borders to capture the beauty of the plants I choose to grow and also to help me make improvements for the following seasons. I always begin in April and label the files by early, mid or late Month and Year. This year, I was busy comparing my progress against other years and noticed not only slower growth in plants, but also a change in growth patterns, for instance, last year my poppies were already half grown in early April while my Acanthus was still a ripple of emerging leaves come early May whereas this year, the poppies have been slower and the Acanthus is already at a sizable leaf. My Sedum is massive already and my blossom is decidedly late to coincide with my Ceanothus for the first time that I recall and my Hostas were much earlier last year than this.
What have you guys noticed about your favourite shrubs and herbaceous plants?