May in the garden

Flower blooms & weeds a plenty!

The transformation of your garden is about to begin; the flowers will bloom and the grass will grow, but don’t forget, with this glorious sunshine comes those pesky weeds!

May plants

  • Iris ‘Holden Clough’
  • Delphinium Guinevere
  • Hosta ‘Platinum Tiara’
  • Solomon’s seal
  • Aquilegias

(all available at Palmers)

Aquilegia vulgaris 'Adelaide Addison'
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General Maintenance

Hopefully the weather is set to improve, but beware, plants can still suffer from frost.

  • keep vulnerable, new shoots protected at night
  • leave putting out tender bedding until mid May
  • continue spring cleaning – tidying your borders and getting rid of weeds
  • Dandelions are a common weed at this time of year, if you don’t have time to pull them out at the root then chop off their heads to prevent them from setting seeds
  • DON’T FORGET TO WATER!! Invest in an automatic watering system which is more economical, or collect water
  • add general purpose fertiliser to the soil and mulch. If you have already mulched, try pulling it back and adding fertiliser beneath

Flowers and Plants

  • thin annuals to prevent them from becoming too spindly
  • cut off old foliage from flowering perennials
  • deadhead Daffodils and Tulips
  • sow hardy annuals like Nasturtiums
  • plant up containers and pots to add colour to your garden
  • cut wispy, dead wood off your Japanese Maples
  • don’t forget to feed your Cameillias and Rhododendrons with ericaceous feed
  • spray your Roses with fungicide to keep off mildew and black spot.


  • seed new lawns now, this is your last chance. Remember to cover to keep the birds away.
  • mow your lawns regularly – once a week if needed. Avoid mowing if there is a frost
  • feed established lawns if you haven’t already


  • protect your fruit trees with netting to keep the birds off
  • caterpillars and greenfly will start to appear, pick off caterpillars when you see them, and try a greenfly pesticide (available at Palmers)
  • harvest early Rhubarb
  • mulch around your Strawberries


  • sow your vegetable seeds. Always check the instructions on the packet
  • plant out your Brassicas if they’ve been growing in the greenhouse
  • earth up your early crop potatoes and plant your main crop
  • weed between your vegetables
  • VEGETABLE PLANTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT PALMERS including Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Peppers

Don’t Forget The Birds

The birds now have a family to feed so they will be working very hard to raise their chicks.

  • make sure you put out fresh water
  • put out food, mealworms and mixed seeds
  • give your bird table a good clean and check that it’s sturdy and in good condition.
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Garden Pests

The slugs and snails are now in abundance, eating your Tulips and any delicious young shoots

  • put down pet friendly slug pellets
  • remember, they love Hostas and their big tasty leaves, so soak the ground beneath them with liquid slug killer

Happy May in the garden!

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May Jobs Checklist

  • Keep vulnerable plants protected at night
  • Tidy your borders & get rid of weeds
  • Prevent dandelions setting seed
  • Water pots and hanging baskets
  • Feed bodrers (general purpose fertiliser)
  • Thin out annuals
  • Plant summer bedding plants
  • Feed camellias & rhododendrons
  • Spray roses with fungicide
  • Mow lawn weekly, feed monthly
  • Harvest early Rhubarb
  • Plant out brassicas
  • Earth up potatoes
  • Hunt for slugs & snails after dark!

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