Each day the wisteria is showing more and more colour as the racemes get progressively longer and tentatively begin blooming; it is usually in full flower at the end of May so looks to be on target for a fairly normal flowering period. In the same photo you can also clearly see some of the crowds of buds of the rambling rose Rambling Rector in the top right of the picture and less clearly the first buds on climbing rose Danse de Feu in the top left, so another good rose season is also in the offing.
Huge progress has been made on emptying the greenhouses since we got back from my Mum’s as I have continued to plant out as much as possible, so I am definitely getting there with that. The big greenhouse is now more or less home only to the Winter Sunshine sweet peas, some baskets waiting to go out and a few trays of things on the point of being ready to go out. The three tier metal staging unit which helped with the recent overflow has now been moved out and this greenhouse seems quite spacious now, whereas the smaller greenhouse is still home to many, many trays of later sown seedlings including some pleasingly healthy zinnias.
If the greenhouse has been almost emptied, that means something else has been filling up – like the cutting beds:
As things have been planted out I have been able to allocate spares for selling at the open garden events so have been potting those up as I went along although still have some labelling to catch up on. Having kept a record of numbers as labels were written, I can confidently say that even with inevitable rejects there should be well over 300 plants available for sale when the plant stall is set up – although to be fair to the Sunday visitors the plants will need to be split into two batches. As shown previously, they are currently biding their time in the convenience of the fruit cage where the temporary staging the Golfer put together is now being encroached upon by the very vigorous loganberries behind. The pots of lilies in the centre foreground will not be for sale but are awaiting their close-to-flowering stage before they are moved out.
Around six weeks to go, but we are definitely getting there, especially now the Golfer has his own list of tasks that he can be entrusted with… 😉