The end of April was hot and sunny with temperatures hitting 27°C. Rather than April it was more like August and Spring flowers began to wilt. May began with bright sunshine and blue skies but the temperature dropped to 16 °C with a cool breeze. The flowers and even some of the bushes are beginning to wilt with lack of rainfall. For the first time ever it has become necessary to freshen up some areas of the garden with the watering can …
Domesticated bluebell growing in May
Columbine also known as Aquilegia
Columbine is often sold in Garden Centres and Nurseries but it is probably the easiest of all plants to grow from seed. The seeds are large and black and will grow just about anywhere … simply scatter them wherever you would like them to flower and you should never be disappointed. They will come up year after year flowering throughout the Spring and Summer and often into early Autumn. Do watch out though as they are inclined to be prolific in multiplying their numbers around the garden. They even make themselves at home in gravel, sand and between slabs and cracks in concrete.