This is “The May”

It’s a little difficult to believe.  For me, anyway.  But here we are … Looking the end of May in the eye.  I’m just not quite sure how that happened so quickly. The garden has been busy!  It seems to have gone from dormant, winter mode into full-on spring/summer growing season within days!  Okay, maybe weeks.

Let’s take a quick walk around and see what has been happening this month:

The primula and …

 The bluebells are showing off.

 The forsythia is almost finished, but the hardy kiwi is leafing out.

 In the kitchen garden, the garlic is well up,

 The parsley has returned – it doesn’t always make it through the winter – and …

 The asparagus looks like it’s dancing!  I covered the early sprouts with a cloche to protect them from pillaging chickens.  And it worked!  This meager offering is my best asparagus crop. Ever. But don’t they look funny?

 The apples are blossoming, and …


So are my darling haskaps.


We had the first bud break in the vineyard yesterday.  I think this is the Baco Noir. (Note to self – label vines!)


A family friend refers to this time of year – when the choke cherry trees blossom, the maple buds swell, and the tender young leaves start to emerge; when the landscape looks frothy – as “The May”.  A lovely, and promising description.

But!  Enough of this!  There is work to be done…

 By the looks of that rhubarb, I have some harvesting, chopping, freezing and preserving to do.  I’m off ……

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