May is the time when the garden goes into overdrive, everything seems to want to bloom at the same time, I just wish I could press a pause button and slow everything down a bit. Rhododendrons and Azaleas are now flowering with the wonderful perfume of the deciduous azaleas wafting around the garden.
This Rhodo is flowering in the woodland and we can see it from the house. This is a very reliable one, flowering every year with just the occasional bucket of water when we have a drought, yes we do sometimes have droughts !
Deciduous Rhododendron luteum is in the bed round the dead oak and has the most delightful perfume. This is still a fairly young bush, so is only small at the moment, but in 10 yrs time the perfume should be amazing!
Next to it in the dead oak bed is another deciduous azalea, R. Persil. This too has the same beautiful perfume as its neighbour and they both have wonderful autumn tints too, they both certainly earn their space.
The rhododendron bed opposite the back door, has quite a few R. shrubs, but it was such a long time ago that I planted it, I have forgotten this ones name! In spite of that, it always puts on a good show at this time of year and is always the first one in this bed to flower, the others will follow soon.
Going to the other extreme is evergreen R. Curlew. This one is tiny, at the moment only about 6 inches tall, it will eventually get to 1 foot tall! I think I should maybe move it to be with its friends across the lawn, at the moment it is in the bed which wraps round the alpine scree and gets forgotten where it is.
The evergreen azalea in the back garden draws the eye wherever you are. This one was here before we were, so no name I’m afraid.
Also in the bed round the dead oak (I really must find a name for this bed!) is Viburnum plicatum Maresii which holds its flowers along horizontal branches and looks so pretty. In front, but not quite in flower yet is the pink of deciduous Azalea Homebush which, when open , has the most beautiful perfume.
I have a feeling that this Weigela is called Victoria but can’t find it in my encyclopedia, can anyone help please? Anyway, it has purple leaves which form a nice background to the pink/purple flowers.
Choysia ternata is flowering away in the corner of the back garden. This shrubs always seems to have two seasons of flowers as it repeats towards the end of the summer. May is certainly the month for flowering shrubs!
The bog garden is now waking up ready to display all its candelabra primulas, astilbes, hostas, ferns and other bog plants.
Once all the candelabra primulas get into flowering mode, this area should be a rainbow of colour, so far there are just a few flowering.
I planted all the primulas as a rainbow, with their colours in the right order. I think nature has been at work and mixed them up!
These Camassias are in the front border by the drive, but I think they might be happier in the drier end of the bog garden, must make a note to move them.
I photographed my Clematis montana too soon when I did my recent post about it. It now has far more flowers open and is looking like a pale pink waterfall cascading down the oak tree.
I think May is such a wonderful month as far as flowers go, climbers, shrubs, bulbs and perennials are flowering with more and more coming each day. Thanks must go to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for encouraging us to record our flowers on the 15th of each month. Do pay her a visit to see flowers from around the world.