It’s been such an unusually mild, dry May this year in my, normally cool and wet, Cheshire garden. My plants have been happily galloping away. I’ve been planting-out like there’s no tomorrow, and I’m thinking, if this continues, I’ll be reaching full-on flowery Nirvana in no time at all.

Plants like my Cosmos ‘Dazzler’ are budding up nicely and all my various Marigolds, Zinnias, upright Lobelias and Dahlias are starting to look super stocky, like they are ready to rock some serious flower-power in a few weeks time.

With the RHS Chelsea Flower Show coverage all over the telly, the end of May always feels like someone has fired the starting gun, and there’s lots of fresh, new, lush green foliage from plants like Carex elata ‘Aurea’ (Bowles’ golden sedge), dreamy Alchemilla mollis and towering whorls of deep green lily leaves too.

In my patch my rather fabulous pink and cherry-red Lupins ‘My Castle’ are floral rockets that, to me, are shouting ‘Wohoo! Let’s get this party started!”

We’re off and it’s just going to get better and better!