Cold weather helps hold up hardy plants while others struggle to bud in time for Chelsea

The erratic spring weather has worked "perfectly" for cottage garden plants, according to garden designer Philippa Pearson.

Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants is supplying Pearson's Victorian Aviary Show Garden, and unlike other less resilient stock, their plants are holding up perfectly.

Pearson said: "The recent cold weather is keeping the plants in suspended animation and they are looking absolutely perfect. Next week the temperatures rise just in time for planting up, helping to get all those fat, juicy buds to open. Very unusually I've only had to substitute one plant line."

But Pearson's garden is the exception, rather than the rule.

The coldest winter in decades, followed by an exceptionally dry April and unusually cold May have led to problems for many growers in getting stock ready for the country's premier flower show.

Thorncroft Clematis said they were experiencing the opposite problem and were still unsure whether planned launches would be ready. Owner Jonathon Gooch said:  "Mazury is of concern as it is one of our launches.  It still has quite tight buds, so may not open in time."

For more see HW 21st May.


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