Another 10 for May

May is rushing by at an alarming rate, I don’t think I will ever catch up!

Having posted about my flowers on the 15th for Bloom Day, I have found 10 more that have opened since then, they might not be the best in the garden at the moment, but at least they didn’t appear in the previous 2 posts.

English Iris have started flowering by the front drive, in fact, some of them are growing in the gravel and really should be moved into the border!

Aquilegias have popped up everywhere, just the ordinary common variety, but they look lovely en masse in various colours.

This poor oriental poppy has been in its original pot for I don’t know how many years, waiting to be planted. How it has survived for so long, I just don’t know. I only remember it is there when suddenly a splash of bright red waves at me and once more I remember that I still haven’t planted it. I have a feeling that it might resent being disturbed after all this time, the roots must be in the soil underneath by now, so I think I will always have it in this position even if I do manage to move it.

Roses are just starting to flower, this is R. The Dark Lady.

R. Golden Wedding which was sent by my lovely nephew in Canada for our golden Wedding a few years ago.

An unknown rose which was in the garden before we arrived, it flowers wonderfully all through the summer.

Not a flower I know, but Hosta Snowden is looking big and beefy!

Clematis montana which should be climbing up one of our ash trees in the back garden.Unfortunately it had other ideas and flopped down into the golden Philadephus in front of it.

It has also spread sideways into a Hawthorn tree and beyond into the top of my largest Acers, obviously it is set on world domination!

One that stays firmly in its place is Clematis Lasurstern which beautifies the downpipe to the house.

My few meconopsis are doing nicely in the woodland.

I have visions of them filling the centre of the large oval bed in the middle.

A lot of seed sowing will be needed to fulfill my dream.

I think they would look lovely in the company of white foxgloves.

Primula sieboldii have all settled in well and this is the latest one to flower. This is one of the Snowbird group, but I feel the petals are so like snowflakes.

This rhododendron is in the corner of the back garden in a dark corner with just a little morning sunshine. It had never had any attention, never watered, the soil has never been improved, but it flowers so beautifully every year.

So why do all my other rhodos need mollycoddling!?

Phlomis fruticosa has started flowering, I forgot to cut it back earlier in the year. I found loads of ladybirds overwintering in the old seedheads so decided to leave it and then forgot all about it.

Those are my 10 families of plants that I’m enjoying at the moment.

I’m joining with Chloris at The Blooming Garden who hosts this meme each month. Do pay her a visit to see her beautiful flowers.


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14 Responses to Another 10 for May

  1. Chloris says:

    A lovely May selection Pauline thank you very much for sharing. Dark Lady is fabulous. Is your clematis montana ‘wilsonii’? I have one which blooms later than other montanas and seems intent on world domination. I am so envious of your blue poppy, I would love to be able to grow them. And that rhoddy is such a delicate colour.

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Chloris, I agree, May is a fantastic month! I’m afraid I don’t know the name of the C. montana, planted long before I was writing for my blog and didn’t keep a note of the variety. The Meconopsis do require a bit of extra attention, but they are worth it.

  2. Jayne says:

    May is truly a gardeners delight in your neck of the woods!

  3. Denise says:

    How quickly the flowers are coming now…..almost too quickly I think sometimes. Love the Himalayan poppy. Is it Lingholm?

    • Pauline says:

      I can’t keep up with it all Denise! Yes, my Meconopsis are all Lingholm which I have found are reliably perennial, I have grown them before successfully, so hope that this time is just as good.

  4. A wonderful mix, Pauline. And lucky you – you can grow mecanopsis! I also relished your wonderful C. montana.

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Cathy, spoilt for choice at the moment! Yes, Meconopsis seem to like my soil, thank goodness, I think lots of leaf mould is the answer.

  5. Cathy says:

    Good to see all your extra blooms Pauline, Pauline – it is a pleasure to be able to share our gardens with other gardeners and there is always something to inform and inspire

  6. Jason says:

    Great flowers, especially the Clematis ‘Lasurstern’ and the Meconopsis.

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Jason, the clematis was planted by the previous people, but I like the way it climbs up the drainpipe, it’s beautiful when in flower.

  7. debsgarden says:

    What a beautiful time of year for you; I love, love the meconopsis! Hosta ‘Snowden’ also greatly appeals to me. We had a long, wonderful spring, but summer arrived overnight in mid May with a vengeance. For the next few months I will just try to keep things alive.

    • Pauline says:

      We had a hot spell over Easter Deb, but thankfully it has cooled down once more, back to what it should be for this time of year. Keeping everything going must be a worrying time for you, I don’t envy you your watering.

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