May is the month when early spring flowers like tulips and forget-me-nots finish flowering, leaving some gaps in the borders that we fill with late summer annuals like Cosmos. So we have been busy clearing the borders and planting annuals that have been grown in the poly tunnel.
We’ve also been trying to get the garden looking it’s best for the open day.
At the start of the month, two ecologists spent a day in the garden doing a phase 1 habitat survey. We don’t have their report yet, but they were very impressed with the number and variety of insects in the garden, particularly bumble bees and hoverflies, which are so important for bio diversity and for supporting the birds, bats etc. I look forward to see their full report soon.
Also at the start of the month the lawns had their annual weed and feed.
The big excitement in June is that the garden will be opening on June 6th under the National Garden Scheme.
Kemp Town Enclosures is a communal garden, owned collectively by the freeholders of the 105 houses that make up the Kemp Town Estate. Developed in the 1820's by Thomas Kemp, the Estate consists of Sussex Square, Lewes Crescent, Chichester Terrace and Arundel Terrace.