April and May are the months when rhododendrons bloom. These flamboyant plants produce an incredible show, but they need acid soil to thrive, and if yours tends towards the neutral, or alkaline spectrum, you’ll be fighting an uphill battle. Better to grow plants that will love your conditions. But there are plenty of places across the county that you can go and see rhododendrons in all their glory. One such place is Bodnant gardens, in North Wales, which I visited a few weeks ago. You can see more on this post on my Pulling Weeds blog.
The Chelsea flower show has been postponed until later in the year (September), but the RHS are putting on a ‘Virtual Chelsea’ this week, with lots of interesting on-line features, articles and interviews. Enjoy Chelsea from the comfort of your living room: