May and the month of Roses! Whilst in Northern Europe June is regarded as ‘Rose Month’, here in Cyprus, because of our hotter climate, roses are at their best this month. Rosa banksia has been in full flower since late February, followed by the Damascena roses, and now it is the turn of the other climbers and Hybrid Tea roses to show off their splendour. As the new leaf growth comes in, then watch out for greenflies that are attracted to the fresh leaves. Spray with a soapy spray or use your gloved fingers to remove them.
- Gardening in Cyprus
Having a garden in Cyprus is quite different to anywhere else in the world. Cyprus enjoys year round sun with very high summer temperatures and little or no rainfall and what there is comes between November and March.
Snow falls on the Troodos Mountains during the winter and frost can be experienced at elevations of around 300 m and above. Soils can be red clay or sandy and free draining and there is no great depth of soil anywhere so gardening is a real challenge! My name is Patricia Jordan and I lived and gardened in various countries before coming to Cyprus. I would like to share my gardening experiences with you through these pages. Each month there are suggestions of what to do in the garden and which plants are available locally.
Gardening should be a relaxing and enjoyable hobby and so if you have any problems do contact me and I look forward to helping you out.
- Patricia Ann Jordan QEQM
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