Lots to do before I can enjoy the Chelsea Flower Show

It feels like time is sprinting towards summer and it’s hard to believe that next week will be the Chelsea Flower Show. I’ll be glued to the TV of course. I love seeing the various garden designs, very different styles of planting and understanding where each designer’s inspiration has come from, probably the only time that I use the red button on the remote. It’s also a great opportunity to learn about some unusual plants and see beautiful specimens.

There’s plenty to do in my garden before I can sit and enjoy the programmes without feeling guilty for neglecting it for almost a week. An army of slugs is hiding somewhere sharpening teeth ready to attack my beautiful hostas. As the various beautifully marked leaves unfurl I can see that they are going to look absolutely fabulous very soon. The weeds are growing fast and spreading despite the dry windy weather that we’ve experienced lately. Plenty of slug hunting and weeding for me!

Have you noticed the lack of ladybirds in your garden? I’m really missing them, they’re a natural aphid predator so I shall have to keep a closer eye on my roses and honey suckles for aphids. I try not to use pesticides, but I do use a systemic insecticide on my Asiatic lilies against the red Lily beetle. I’ve spotted my first one the Saturday before you read this.

The project to revamp an area of my garden that I started last year is almost complete, the new seating area is lovely allowing me to relax a bit, enjoy and observe everything around me.

I transplanted a clump of Agapanthus ‘Headbourne hybrids’ because I had a new shed erected last summer that has created some shade. I observed last summer that the flower stems were all leaning one way making it necessary to transplant them this spring.

Agapanthus are clump forming herbaceous and evergreen perennials with narrow green strap like leaves followed by stems topped with a ball of flowers in varying shades of lavender/violet blues and whites, giving  a strong presence in any flower bed or container. They’ll grow in any moist but well-drained soil in a sunny sheltered position; some varieties may need a little winter protection, especially if grown in containers. They can be divided every three or four years. I always leave the dead flower heads until spring as they look good in winter and the little birds use them to rest on while searching for food.