May already and after the cold wet winter it is a pleasure to feel the warmth of the sun again. The plants are enjoying it all too and roses are beginning to bloom again in village gardens. As they flourish, Banksia roses are beginning to fade away – how I look forward to them each year, but soon the damascena roses will delight me with their heavenly perfumes. The short-lived wisteria flowers quickly wilt as the weather heats up, which is another plant that I always look forward to and will be followed by many other climbers later on, too many to mention here. As some of the early strelitzia flowers die, the leaves begin to dry and curl into interesting shapes, much loved by flower arrangers. There is so much else to look forward to as the days lengthen and more time to spend in the garden. A pleasant early morning walk around the garden will allow you to check on any annuals that need attention and as the first early flowering trees fade, there are many others to take their places, whilst the citrus trees give off their heavenly perfumes, just waiting for those bees to do their work.