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Unseasonal Fruits and Blooms in the Garden (and Time to Plant out Leeks.)

By Outofmyshed @OutofmyShed

Unseasonal fruits and blooms in the garden (and time to plant out leeks.)

Cor Blimey! It’s only mid May and I’ve just eaten my first strawberry from the beds in the front garden. It was sweet and delicious and hopefully in a week or so, I’ll have enough strawberries to make an Eton mess-a favourite for one of my favourites.

Unseasonal fruits and blooms in the garden (and time to plant out leeks.)

With yet another day of promised rain passing by, and not a drop felt, I finally caved in and gave the veg a good soak.

Unseasonal fruits and blooms in the garden (and time to plant out leeks.)

The tulips and daffodils dying back in the front garden look messy, but I want them to be able to store up enough energy (by photosynthesizing ) for next near, so the leaves stay until they’ve died right back. The strange upright plant popping up in the left-hand corner of the back bed is a caper spurge (Euphorbia lathyris), and planted once, you’ll never be without this curious spurge again, as it self seeds like crazy by catapulting its seeds as far as it can.
Also at the back of the border, I’ve planted out about a dozen sunflowers for a show later in the year and I’ve started taking advantage of gaps appearing by planting out some leeks a friend gave me. Front garden definitely taking on a potager feel (mixture of veg and flowers in the same bed).

Unseasonal fruits and blooms in the garden (and time to plant out leeks.)

So here’s a quick ‘how to’ plant leeks. Although it looks fairly small, I’ve planted my home -grown leeks when they were only about 4 to 5 inches long previously, and they’ve always grown well from such a tiny start. This leek was getting pot-bound, so I’ve given it a very good soak to loosen the roots before planting out.

Unseasonal fruits and blooms in the garden (and time to plant out leeks.)

With a stick, make a generous hole for your leek.

Unseasonal fruits and blooms in the garden (and time to plant out leeks.)

Let the leek drop into the hole,

Unseasonal fruits and blooms in the garden (and time to plant out leeks.)

and then water it into the hole with plenty of water.

Unseasonal fruits and blooms in the garden (and time to plant out leeks.)

There’s no need to firm the leek in with your hands as the water has helped the roots make contact with the soil. It should be fine from now on, but if it still doesn’t rain, make sure you don’t let it dry out.

Unseasonal fruits and blooms in the garden (and time to plant out leeks.)

Out in the back garden, some flowers are being rather forward too. I’ve seen agapanthus heads already forming in a client’s garden(about 6-8 weeks early), and these self-sown Nigellas (above) also seem to be flowering weeks earlier than normal. Don’t think I had any in flower until July las year.  With so much happening in the garden now, I wonder what will be left to see in July and August. Luckily, I ‘ve grown loads of Nicotiana sylvestris (tall tobacco plants) and Cleome from seed and I certainly will be needing these to fill in gaps left this year. It’s still not too late to sow some annuals to fill in gaps in the border. There’s also a great article about how to delay your perennials from flowering by Robin Lane Fox at the FT which is a really useful read if you’re concerned about flower beds with no flowers come the summer proper. Anything strange happening in your gardens too?


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