Early May in the garden

Wow, who can believe we’re in May already?

Once May hits here, there are a number of tasks that automatically come on stream, such as sowing nasturtiums, French beans and similar. This, combined with some of the delayed mid spring means it’s very busy here in the garden. But then it’s always like that isn’t it … Lol.

Congratulations to Mr. Propagatoron a year of hosting the #six-on-Saturday (or if on Twitter it’s #SixOnSaturday) memes for us – it’s quite the achievement, particularly with all the work he puts in every week. If you haven’t used it before, it’s a good format to use for updating blog posts like this, and there’s a lovely bunch of other people using it too.

The six today are an eclectic mix of garden interest, although not all are from here. And, I do have to apologise in advance, some photos might put you off your tea …

For a more regular fruit and vegetable garden update, stop by this week’s garden YouTube video here

So let’s start with the pretty amazing creation from my dad. He does a lot of copper craft, mostly gardening related and normally will have a stall at local markets and similar. When I called by last week, he introduced me to Joe, his copper man creation! Joe comes complete with moving arms and legs… wondering if he can push a lawn mower …

Next up is one of my favorite topics, beer. More specifically, slugs and beer. Slugs are on the rampage across gardens at this time of year. One of the methods I use are slug traps. These are typically yogurt carton sized cups or jam jars, half filled with beer and placed close by precious plants. Do make sure they remain rain free, in order for them to work over a two or three day period.

I came across this sight yesterday and it impressed me so much I had to stop and take a picture. It’s not too often I see wallflowers used effectively and allowed naturalise in an area, and combined with the dry stone wall, it makes for an amazing sight.

While repotting some Lilium bulbs the other day, I came across these guys, the larvae of vine weevil. These girls (and yes, they’re all female) munch away on roots of your favorite plants and should be destroyed on sight. Here’s a previous blog post I wrote about them… http://hughcassidy.blogspot.ie/2016/11/vine-weevil-and-evils-of.html

This beauty is called Hosta siebildiana ‘Great Expectations’. Over the past ten days or so, all the Hostas here have been shooting up spears of growth, which have just started to unfurl. They are quite beautiful, and with seven or so varieties, I’ve a lot to enjoy. Of course, the afore mentioned slugs LOVE them, so copper tape around pots, egg shells, beer traps and nightly patrols are all part of the routine here to deter them. I keep my Hostas in pots,and these are due to be potted on using some sieved topsoil and well composted manure.

So the final picture is one for #worldnakedgardeningday. Yes, avert your eyes if you’re easily offended, and yes, I’m a great believer of some things are best left covered … . The harvesting of rhubarb continues, and I can’t think of a better space in the garden to pose, particularly because I can jump in to it if anyone unexpectedly calls by … Lol

Anyway, as always, thanks for stopping by and saying hello. I wish you all the best for this week in the garden, and may the weather be with you.

Slán anois,

Hugh

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9 thoughts on “Early May in the garden

  1. Beautiful colours in that hosta-too hot and dry for them here.Glad you had sunny weather for your almost-naked gardening!

  2. As I said when you posted this tweet, Joe is awesome! Maybe close to hostas you won’t have slug damage thanks to copper? Or Joe with a glass of beer in his hand would be the best!

  3. Does the copper man have a heart? Do you crush your weevil grubs and mix them in with slug slime to make a foul brew? Do you find you need a lot more sunscreen for your nearly naked gardening?

  4. What a great idea – growing wallflowers on a wall. That’s the first time I’ve seen a photo of them growing where they were meant to be (and I’ve never seen a display like that “in the flower” either). Glad to see you weren’t risking loose boxers (having once been stung on the you know what by an inquisitive bee).

    1. Hey John 👋🏼
      Thanks for stopping by … yes, wallflowers were and still are a stunning sight in this situation. If I happen across the owner, I’ll ask about how they cultivate them. And yes, no point in taking unnecessary risks … Lol. All the best, Hugh

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