Now that spring has truly sprung, I thought it would be a good time to write about a major new National Trust partnership project to plant blossom tree circles in cities across the UK.
The project will take place over the next five years, starting with the London Blossom Garden, a garden to commemorate those who lost their lives to Covid-19. It is part of a wider plan to provide green spaces in urban areas inspired by ‘hanami’, the traditional Japanese celebration of blossom and its passing beauty.
A little closer to home as part of the Sakura Cherry Tree Project which celebrates UK-Japan cooperation and friendship, more ornamental cherries are being planted in RHS gardens. In February and March this year RHS Hyde Hall planted 120 trees which will eventually form part of a new arboretum. The project aims to plant 6,500 cherry trees in around 100 different sites with good public access. The photo this month shows the Cherry Orchard at Alnwick Castle Gardens, which has been established for quite a few years now. If you are up that way (when we can travel), it is well worth a visit in the spring, but the gardens are good value all year round.
Of course, May is traditionally Chelsea Flower Show month but this year it has been moved to September. However, if you have already bought the hat and ordered the champagne, there is an online event planned for 18-23 May. To find out more, go to: wwwrhs.org.uk/virtual Chelsea
If you are staying at home this month, there is still plenty to be getting on with in our own gardens. Once the danger of frost has passed, you can get busy planting out tender perennials and bedding. In the vegetable garden, sow sweetcorn, runner beans and marrows under cloches early in the month and thin early sowings of beetroot, lettuce and cauliflower. Hopefully, it will be a little warmer by the time you read this and we will be able to sit outside and enjoy the fruits of our labours.