Summer’s here?!

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Allium ‘Purple Sensation’According to the Met Office, it’s the start of summer. My plants don’t think so and everything still seems a few weeks behind but, to be fair, they are catching up rapidly. 

My allium ‘Purple Sensations’ look amazing at the moment. I planted them a couple of years ago, dotted amongst the shrubs in a couple of borders.

They were spectacular last season and this year they’re even better. Much as I love tulips, I usually find them to be one season wonders, so there’s no doubt that bulbs like alliums and lilies that provide colour and beauty for years offer so much more for your money.

Now that the dust has settled on the Centenary Chelsea, gardeners are able to take a slightly more detached view of the show. To my mind, it wasn’t a classic Chelsea.

The atrocious growing conditions this spring meant that many of the big show gardens lacked colour and some, especially the Daily Telegraph garden, missed the much needed sparkle. Frankly, it was surprising that so many gold medals were awarded to the big show gardens. Perhaps in these tough commercial times it’s important to please the sponsors.

This week, I’m planting up my summer pots – one of my favourite jobs of the year. But first, there’s a spot of weeding to be done, the lily beetles need spraying and I need to scatter a few more of my organic slug pellets. I find it’s best to tackle the chores first and I can look forward to the fun jobs to follow!

Happy gardening!

Richard 

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