There’s a sense of urgency in the air at the moment. Plants are growing rapidly and so are the weeds. Too much bare soil at this time of the year is an invitation to weed seedlings, and yet plenty of room has to be left for the summer growers. This is where the real skill of gardening comes in, being able to use the same spot again and again through the seasons. Look for plants that grow and flower early and dot them generously through geraniums, delphiniums and any other late flowering perennials. Summer dormant plants, such as this attractive double yellow flowered form of Ranunculus ficaria die back immediately after flowering, leaving vacant bed space for their neighbours to have a nice stretch!