Gabriel Ash Blog
May always brings me one of my favourite spring highlights. There’s a huge bank of cheery primroses to view on the way to my allotment, plus the pictured mass of cowslips to greet me at the lower entrance to our estate. May always brings me one of my favourite spring highlights. There’s a huge bank of cheery primroses to view on the way to my allotment, plus the pictured mass of cowslips to greet me at the lower entrance to our estate.
When it comes to the weather gardeners are rarely happy. The last month has been a prime example. None of us could have imagined such fabulous weather, as most of the UK enjoyed glorious sunshine and cloudless blue skies for much of April. It’s the sort of weather most of us would be happy with in midsummer let alone in spring.
Gardeners are all gamblers. We bet on the weather being better than last year, that a sudden frost won’t wipe out our seedlings or the fruit blossom. That the pests won’t overcome our plants. That the final tally of the harvest will be worth the effort we’ve put in over a long season.
If anyone mentions Buckingham Palace and gardening, it’s usually the famous summer garden parties which are under discussion. Now the Palace has added a different topic to the conversation with the recent opening of Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden at the Queen’s Gallery in London.
It’s happened already. I appear to be running short on growing space, and it’s only the start of April. For the last two years my seed sowing focus has been geared around growing plants for the books I have been writing. Both have had flowers at the heart of them and as a result my veggie patch has been a bit neglected.