May was the sunniest…

and warmest on record in the UK but ended with three days of damp, dull weather here.  After lunch on Tuesday I was looking round in heavy rain checking to see if the cucumbers, sunflowers, sweet corn and tomatoes that I’d planted out the previous day were okay.  It’s certainly been ideal growing conditions with everything doing well and thankfully, so far, little damage from pests.


The first of this year’s Flighty’s favourites pot marigolds is this zingy one which was fully open by yesterday.



This picture of the rose Pretty Lady shows how the colour fades to a creamy white as the blooms fully open.   Sadly the white dog rose flowers don’t last more than a few days but there are lots of them


On Friday I noticed this nearly ripe strawberry which I picked and ate yesterday rather than chance leaving it.


This coming week looks like being mostly dry, sunny and warm which is ideal for plot pottering which I’ll be doing most mornings.

Have a good week!


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20 Responses to May was the sunniest…

  1. CJ says:

    You’ve beaten me by one day with the strawberry! I ate my first one yesterday, like you I wanted to get it before something/someone else did. Lovely to see the first Flighty’s Favourite open and so many beautiful roses. My white climber (Madame Alfred Carriere) is doing nicely, although I got scratched yesterday trying to cut back a rampaging grapevine that’s always trying to take over behind it. Have a good week. CJ xx

    • Flighty says:

      CJ I hope that you enjoyed yours! It sure is, and there’s lots more on the way. I always wear gloves when pruning the roses. Thanks, and you too. xx

  2. Dog roses are lovely because they are so brief! Lovely photos! Happy week of sunny plotting!

  3. Jade says:

    Looks like your plot is filled with lots of happy plants and flowers now!
    The pot marigold flower is so very pretty. No wonder it is one of your favourites! The white dog rose flowers are quite pretty too though I love that sweet Pretty Lady rose a lot more.
    Having a near ripe strawberry is better than to see it gone later. So, I think it’s a good decision.
    Thanks and hope you have a great plotting and pottering week!

    • Flighty says:

      Jade I like to think that it is. There be lots more different coloured pot marigolds. I agree about the roses.
      It’ll be better when there’s lots of ripe strawberries. You’re welcome, and thanks. xx

  4. menhir1 says:

    Sounds like you have been enjoying yourself this week Mr F. You are beginning to see, literally, the fruits of your labours. It seems so early to me. xxx

  5. snowbird says:

    A strawberry, wonderful. Mine aren’t that far behind. Good to know all your veg survived and that pests are absent, long may that continue. Pretty lady never fails, what a gorgeous rose! Ahhh, yes, dog roses are fleeting, mine are everywhere but fade as fast as they bloom. Loving Flighty’s first fave!xxx

  6. Carrie Gault says:

    Oh Flighty, what a lovely post! May has gone by in a whirlwind for me, I think I think I slept through most of it after the Hadrian’s Wall hike, haha. I only have 1 rose now at the allotment and it’s nowhere near ready to flower, plus my 2 strawberry plants in the back garden are only flowering at the minute – you are ahead of me but it’s a great preview for the joys to come xxx

    (Please note that I have started a new verision of my blog – after 10 years at ‘Grow Our Own’ I felt I needed a refresh. Please continue to be my most lovely supporter at ‘A Stubborn Optimist’ xx)

    • Flighty says:

      Carrie thanks, I’m glad you like it. I only have have the two roses, but would like more. Only two strawberry plants, is that one each!
      So I see and will change my various links. I look forward to reading your posts, and commenting, on the new blog. Of course I will! xx

  7. Chloris says:

    We are having such gorgeous weather. The strawberry is very early, no sign of ripe ones here.

  8. Linda Penney says:

    Awesome update thank you for sharing and blessings

  9. Liz says:

    What lovely flowers and those strawberries are almost ready to eat!

  10. nikkipolani says:

    Boy, you’ve had some lovelies to enjoy for sure. That rose has done so well for you. Are the dog roses fragrant?

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