The Garden Chronicles – May

May is our last month for cut flower production before we finish harvesting for the season. It's always sad to come to the end, and as soon as the flowers finish we miss them! The mild autumn meant the roses put on a lovely final flush. We have about 200 roses - a tiny amount of plants for a flower farm - but enough for us! I do love them but they require a constant eye and are actually one of our least profitable crops for the space they take up. But these are not your ordinary floristry roses

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The Garden Chronicles

Sitting inside with a roaring fire and yet more rain coming down, it's amazing that the garden is still thriving throughout this winter. In the vegetable garden the corn salad  (also known as lamb's lettuce or mache) is providing more salad greens that we can keep up with. I sowed this about 5 years ago, and it has self-seeded every year since. It reliably germinates in autumn, perfectly timed for the slow salad season. The citrus is an 'uglifruit'. It took several years before it fruited, maybe five? If it wasn't tucked away out of sight it might not have lived for

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