Sorry I have not written earlier but May is a busy time with seed sowing, potting on, potting out, grass cutting, weeding and numerous other jobs. Just to keep us on top of things we are opening the garden for The National Garden Scheme (NGS) first week of June so lots to do by then.
Wanted to talk about the architectural plants in the garden. These are great to add structure and height in the garden.
The Scottish thistle is very prickly and can get very tall but a wonderful addition to the garden. Beware of letting it spread the seeds or you will have a very prickly forest! I try to keep only a couple for the next year. Once it flowers the plant dies, but does need a suit of armour to cut it down!!
Another not prickly but just as wonderful, and in flower now is the angelica, seeds all over if you are not careful but I weed out all but a few of the seedlings and keep them for the following year, a biennial, so the plant dies after flowering but seedlings that grow this year may flower next, or the year after.
What about looking good and edible?
The Globe Artichoke is a lovely structural plant and you can eat the fruits. So far this year we have picked 8 of these lovely fruits, a bit fiddly to eat but lovely with roast salmon last night for tea.
If you do not want to eat the fruit leave them on the plant to mature and develop into a wonderful thistle type flower.