Why May?

I'll tell why May. 

Because it's the best month of the year that's why!

The colour green has never been so vivid, from the road side verges to the unfurling leaves on the trees, especially the biguns, Chesnut!  The green isn't so brilliant as it is in the first half of May. The smell of newly mown lawns mmmm.  The hedge rows bursting with growth.  It really doesn't last long, come June and the green  takes on a burn't dried out look, it's gorgeous is May!

Since the new year I have planted Apples,Plums,Cherry, Rhubarb, Blueberries,Blackcurrant, Blackberry and Raspberries all sourced from the £ shop or similar . Most cost a £, the trees were only £5.  I'm so excited, I look at them all at least three times a day, all appear happy, me as well.  I have even learnt how to graft thanks to You tube. Fantastic guys on there, Stephen Hayes and Ian Sturrock, show you how to do it, not sure if it will work but I've never been so thrilled expecting results. My garden isn't large, never thought I would fit it in so all trees will be Espaliered or Fan trained, perhaps Cordon as well ! all researched online, I knew nothing last year, but now - well fingers crossed, if half of it works it will be fantastic.

Cleft graft, Whip and toungue, saddle! loads to learn even at my age, nicking and knotching to make them grow how you want.... there's me thinking I knew it all image

But how frustrating is it that most will not yield anything until next year! image

May, my favorite...

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  • Congratulations, Itsnotmyfault! image Love your nickname, by the way. Why did you choose it - I'd guess there's a story attached.

    It is fabulous when May comes and we know the hard weather is probably all behind us. I must admit that as long as I can get outside, I love whatever month we are in. I'll make an exception - I hate January! My birth month! However, the long evenings, the amount of sunlight, the sheer optimism of spring can't be beaten.

  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    I agree wholeheartedly, May is great, June too. Love the delicate green in the woods.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,438

    I love the end of May when the roses are all out and the garden is filled with scent. I live in Dordogne so they are out earlier here. When I lived in England I used to enter my roses in the village show, in Kent. But it was the end of June.

  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,312

    When you have been out of this country for a period of years, you realise what a wonderful country we live in and that includes every month of the year with interest shifting from month to month.
    Each month has its up and down side, the vagaries of the British weather see to that, even this winter long cold and dull had its up side. Looking out on my ever flowering Primroses, the Golden Privet as stand alone shrubs that look as if the sun is shining on the dullest day, the dog wood with its bare coloured stems that can look like a bonfire at the top end of the garden. My Lawsonia's with their evergreen "Fir" coats one golden the other vibrant green standing like sentinels and a sanctuary for birds.
    Then we have winter flowering shrubs, my Forsythia is a golden blast of colour that makes the coldest day feel warm, the awakening early bulbs, as you walk the fields and woods around the Wild Garlic white flowers and the scent, the Celandine a carpet of colour doing its thing before the tree canopies darken the woods.
    Life does not get better than that. I love the Autumn with its multi colours and the bringing in of the crops fruit and all the other good things we grow.
    Every month is a wonderful month and this country a wonderful place to live, I have had the long hot days, the never seeing rain or even a cloud in the sky and believe me you soon yearn for the green fields the feel of rain on your head and the glorious flora and fauna of these Isles.

    Frank.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 21,309

    Frank/Dad-dead right..image

    to walk through a forest is to touch the past

  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,312
    Fairygirl wrote (see)

    Frank/Dad-dead right..image


    Of course.image

    Frank

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 21,309
    Palaisglide wrote (see)
    Fairygirl wrote (see)

    Frank/Dad-dead right..image


    Of course.image

    Frank

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    to walk through a forest is to touch the past

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    May is also my favourite month, if only it wasn't always so cold, the weather is rarely what you want it to be...

    ...agree with Frank's post above, wouldn't want to garden anywhere else, but do not think I would like to be too far north, as far as gardening is concerned... south, west, east - I think East Anglia is as far north as I'd want to go for this overpowering hobby...

  • Now I love the autumn, the smell of autumn fruits, and I love the scent of falling leaves, the autumnal autumn leaf colours and making all my wonderful preserves and jams, pickles and chutneys - an array of coloured jars of delicious summer and autumn fruits in storage to see me through the cold winter months.  A time of harvest, gathering in the results of a years graft on the allotment before the icy winds set in and wet conditions linger for months on end.

    But I can understand why people love May and June, it has the promise of summer with the freshness of spring, new growth, young animals and as young veg are being harvested it gives a taste of things to come. 

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