Prepare where you are
The tall sprouts of seedlings will spend the next few weeks shrugging off the hard work that has gone into putting them there. The outer buds of tiny flowering bulbs – particularly irises, myallias and cannas – will also take the gooey froth off.
The moulding on shrubs, some evergreens and trees, and the deciduous perennials will soon begin to flare up. The bedding plants will be produced by this time, too, so don’t put the finishing touches to the soil in places where they haven’t been yet.
Prepare where you will
Nettles and shoots will take the long, loose soil off the foundation of shallow planters and alongside pots. Mulch will slow down the growth rate as well as staving off summer weeds.
Ask – and don’t be shamed
Gardening is meant to be fun, so wear smiley hats when you suggest things like terracotta, Marconium or topiary. You don’t need to know how to draw, either, although this shouldn’t be confused with working with furniture or tools.
The secrets of roses
Digging, drying and hanging roses is probably your biggest workload of the year. Ask a garden centre or DIY group for help but know they may not always be able to offer the most up-to-date advice.
The Japanese water roses have been closely watched for the last 25 years, but many people will not be aware that bramble bushes can be great while you’re at it.
How to grow everything
In the nursery, the bee balm, ferns, daylilies, calendula, honeysuckle, phlox, wild strawberry, violets, spiderwort, sedums, snapdragons, rhododendrons, eyebright (Indigo seed heart), fern flowers, orchids, vetch and lilies are common sights.
Even the most established plants don’t become old and tired for a while, so leave them a chance to do something wonderful.
If you’re a beginner, there are lots of advice blogs and email updates on everything from pruning and pruning alongside bushes, corms and the hazards of vegetable growth for gardeners away from home.