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Will Spring Spring?

So after a ridiculously warm March, April soon descended into grot - rain, rain and yet more rain - and cold with it too! And so at the beginning of May, the unseasonal weather continues. For those starting on their journey of growing their own there can be little joy - for those more experienced the thoughts are probably similar. Gardeners are famous for blaming the weather - this year I think we are all justified!

But despite the weather things are growing and, as always, May heralds the start of being able to harvest your previous efforts - gardening becomes 'worthwhile'! (if it wasn't already) - whether that be cutting a few early flowers for the house, or harvesting some young crops that you have nurtured under cloches or other protection.

And of course May is the traditional month of Asparagus! For anyone with an Asparagus bed May is the month to gorge, and whilst its slower this year, it is growing and so this year "Asparagus every day in May" is nearly true. For those without an Asparagus bed May is a wonderful time for planting and we have some lovely plants of Jersey Knight, Connovers Colossal and Purple Pacific perfect for popping in now.

And that is what we all should be doing right now - grabbing the available dry moments and getting out into the garden and getting a few bits in.

Don't worry about things being late - this is a year to forget the books and certainly the magazines (that were written months before their publication month when what the weather would be was just a guess). Work with the weather, don't try and work with rigid dates of when things should be done - some crops will be late, some crops will catch up. Everything will surprise - Nature is fantastic at surprising!

Here on the nursery May is a very busy time - releasing our back-orders for Spring vegetables, producing plants for Spring and Summer sales, potting fruits for the Summer - and planting for the coming Autumn and Winter. Couple that with trying to get on top of the vegetable garden, our new soft fruit area and our even newer flower and cutting garden and there simply aren't enough hours in the day!

Finally, two bits of fantastically good news!..

Joan Shirley (husband to Jeremy, Mum to Stephen and Nanny to Molly and Milly) is now home and on the mend after a major heart operation at St Thomas' - many thanks to all the staff at St Thomas', particularly those in the Critical Intensive Care Unit where she had to slightly 'overstay her welcome'.

And we're also so very happy for Melissa who married Grant ('Bids') on the 5th of May. As a friend of the family (and daughter of our webhosts), Melissa started with us at the tender age of 12 shortly after her father passed away - and went from 'Saturday girl' to full time employee before leaving us for pastures new (but has been back with us recently helping out as we have been so busy and with Mum in hospital). Thankfully the weather just about held. Huge congratulations Liss and Bids!