Posted: 01/05/2017 at 17:11
Hurray I'm Back!!! -No Internet connection for nearly a fortnight -So so sorry everyone. Anyway we have moved successfully and already digging for victory in the new garden! Cutting back shrubbery which is too near house, so that I can make a flowerbed for Spring and Autumn Bulbs plus flowers under the canopy of very pretty Syringa/Variagated Cornus over which I am letting my 3 clematis scramble to create Summer colour - Forsythia and wild roses. So excited to get started although hemmed in today by heavy rain. Last w/e we were exhibiting near Versailles and this morning we returned from a Garden Fair south of Rouen where I struck a great deal for a lovely 'Golden Dawn' Azalea which is orangy/lemony/cream and very very pretty. So just for now here is the weather report for May which promises to be a hot and dry month after the 5th with scattered showers expected 14/15th and 28/29th -Some cold winds kicking in occasionally but apart from the 14th no major drops in temperature expected.
Here is the Lunar Calender 1st-16th May in case the Internet goes down again (Teach us to move to the middle of nowhere!!)
1st May Flower Day - Moon descending in Gemini Plant potted perennials/Hanging baskets and hardy annuals if not too cold at night.
2/3rd May - Leaf Days with Moon in Cancer - Prune evergreen hedges and Box plus carry out topiary Plant out salads sown 27/30th March.
4/5/6th May - Fruit Days Moon in Leo - No gardening on the 4th before 4.50pm as Noeud ascending Plant out aubergines/chillies/peppers and tomatoes sown 21-23rd February and courgettes sown 17-19th April - Prick out Melons under glass sown 30th March. Pop a nettle top in each hole with a pinch of comfrey before planting as this will provide ongoing 'bio' nutrition to these hungry plants. WATCH OUT for FROST on the Saints de Glace days 11/12/13th May Once past these days the French say no more frosts expected.
7/8/9th May - Root Days Moon in Virgo - Plant out leeks sown 4-6th March remembering to top and tail them to encourage stronger root growth and avoid weak and weedy grassy leaves. Thin out parsnips sown 1-2nd April and thin out celeriac for a second time to allow good root growth.
10/11th May - Full Moon 10.42pm - Note the colour - If Orangy watch out for those Saints de Glace Days -Frost will definately follow - so fleece all those plants up well. Flower Days with Moon in Libra. Prune all Spring flowering shrubs that have finished flowering, plant out pelergoniums/begonias and French Marigolds sown 29-31st January. Thin out flowers sown outside 22-23rd April.
12/13th May - No gardening on 12th after 3.45pm Moon apogee (Furthest point from Earth so weak and weedy forces at work) Leaf Days -Plant herbs (If I've got round to putting up my raised beds, I'm going to plant a herb in each corner as opposed to making a herb bed -should look pretty and act as beneficial plant to attract insects/butterflies and companion plant to edibles) Plant out Brussel Sprouts and cabbages sown 27-30th March. Prick out Celery sown 24-26th April.
14/15/16th May - Fruit Days Moon ascending in Sagittarius. Sow Dwarf and Climbing French Beans/Mangetouts/and Main crop Peas -Repeat sowings once a month until July on Fruit Days.
We shall have just got back from favourite garden fair of the year 'Rond de Jardin' at Evreux. 13/14th May -The whole town South of Rouen opens its gardens free of charge and it is just the best Fair for picking up real bargains with some 135 top Nurseries present. Because exhibiting is free with hotels heavily reduced in price for this w/e plants are really cheap as we do not have to recoup our costs - So a great time will be had by all with a wonderful free Buffet Dinner on the Saturday for all exhibitors in the Chateau. -Oh it's a difficult life
Last edited: 01 May 2017 17:13:28