Our unseasonal weather continues to confuse my cold May garden, and the flowers are not sure what to do. The wisteria got grilled by the late frost, the tulips are stunted by the cold and a few narcissi are still in bloom even as the first lilac shows up. I told you. Confused.
But if you have a garden you’ll know that there is no point in trying to fight the seasons. Of course we may cheat a little with a greenhouse, or a glass cloche here and there to protect a tender plant, but if a whole season turns up early, or late, then it is up to us to accept and adapt.
This small bouquet shows exactly what I have in flower at the moment. Some lilac, a divine pink and cream honeysuckle; tulips; pansies and the very last of the narcissi. It isn’t a big bouquet, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in perfume.
And in the potager, I have planted out some salads, put in the first aubergine, and maybe this weekend I’ll bring a few young plants out from the greenhouse. On the whole I simply accept that our kitchen garden will not start feeding us until late June, or even early July. Next year I’ll have to plan differently, and do better.
As I have said before, my garden is the only part of my life where I am patient, and happy to wait for things to happen in their own time. It’s a welcome relief from my daily routine which can get quite frantic and deadline-driven.
What is your relationship to your garden? Does it also teach you patience, or having a calming effect in the midst of these crazy times. And if you don’t have a garden, do you get the same pleasure from plants inside your home? Leave a comment, I’d love to know.