Gardening Weather

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The weather has been very gorgeous, a welcome boost for the garden and the many wildlife visitors and inhabitants. Fruit bushes and cane fruit are greening up, potatoes leaves are peeking through, peas scramble up chicken wire, seeds are germinating in the ground and tender crops such as beans and squash are germinating in the greenhouse. Plenty of watering had to be done in the greenhouse over the weekend as the temperature hit 100 F, it felt good to be busy gardening again.

 overwintered broad beans

raspberry canes

peas red duke garlic

Despite the beautiful weather I’ve held off planting out sweetcorn, even though the plants are big enough to withstand a windy day they wouldn’t appreciate a late frost. I will plant them out later in the month. Tomatoes are huge now (some with flowers) but still tucked up in our sunny conservatory for the time being, I’ll move them to the greenhouse once I have a bit more room.

May is the month when Mason bees are very active around bee boxes or cracks and crevices in walls, busy finding suitable nesting holes. I love watching them provide for the future off-spring, carrying nourishment to the nest before sealing the nest entrance with mud. They’re amazing little creatures and very important pollinators, well worth attracting to your garden or allotment.

mason bees

The wildlife ponds are squirming with tadpoles, I spotted these adult frogs keeping cool in the water yesterday.



The weather is set to change and become unsettled this week with thunder storms likely. Hopefully it won’t be too long before fine and settled weather arrives again.



  1. Wonderful! Very exciting. I see you’ve planted some peas! What other veggies are you growing? I’m just starting my own garden this year so I’m looking forward to following you. Happy growing!

  2. Our peas have only just been sown this week and so it will be a while before they start scrambling up anything. It has been nice to have a spell of warm weather even though at times it was too hot to garden.

  3. Hi Nannygrannie, apart from the permanent beds of fruit and rhubarb we have garlic and overwintered broad beans in flower, second early potatoes, beets, chard, cut & come again salads, mustard, rocket, coriander, leeks (they’ll be planted out after the potatoes are lifted), carrots, parsnips, spring onions, onions from sets and beans and squash in the greenhouse and tomatoes and sweetcorn waiting to be planted in their final positions. Oh and more broad beans because I adore them! Happy growing to you too and good luck with your new veg garden.

  4. The frogs love this plant, I wish I could remember the name of it. My parents gave me some years ago from their pond, it overwinters well but needs to be controlled. I’ll try to find out :)

  5. Gorgeous pictures! Masonry bees seem like much less maintenance than honey bees – good to know they are great pollinators. Any tips on attracting them? Any guidelines on placement / distance from the house, etc?

  6. Thank you, we have Canadian pondweed here – and your plant looks so much better … the pondweed on the other side is always greener maybe ?

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