It is half way through May already and time for another Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, kindly hosted by Carol at May Dreams Garden where we can peek at all the lovely flowers all over the world!
Everything is growing so quickly, including the weeds, they are growing faster than I can pull them out, no sooner have I weeded a bed and started on another, they are up again. I must get more mulch and ground cover sorted to cut down the work.
I will start with a photo of Euphorbia palustris which is at the back of the bog garden behind one of my carvings. I’ve since read that this euphorbia can be planted in ordinary soil so maybe I will split the clump in the autumn.
Most of the cowslips are almost over , but I managed to find a few under a rhododendron that were still looking rather nice with an accompanying bluebell, Hyacinthoides non scripta. I will save the seed from both of them and sprinkle them under various shrubs hoping they will form a carpet in a few years.
A few late Narcissus are still flowering, Pheasant’s Eye with its lovely red rim to the tiny cup, N. Pipit are also still flowering but they are past their best.
My lovely dwarf Iris is still flowering , it had so many buds that as soon as one flower was going over, others were opening to take its place. It will last a few more days hopefully.
At the moment, this is my favourite shrub, Viburnum plicatum Maresii, such a beautiful shrub with it’s horizontal layers and its lacecap type flowers.
A pretty, tiny rhododendron, the flowers are more yellow than the photograph shows. This is it’s first year so I hope that next year it doesn’t get hidden by the Forget me nots, it took me a while to find it!
A little Aquilegia on the alpine scree Aquilegia semi aquilegia. It only grows about 6 inches and is now starting to seed around, still coming up at 6 inches high. This photograph reminds me that I promised to take cuttings of the Santolina Lemon Fizz behind it, the cuttings are now getting rather large, I think it was Cathy from Rambling in the Garden and Caro who asked for them, please tell me if it was, so that I can send them to you!
A pink Ranunculus, all the others in a mixed bag are white!
There are lots of clumps of Solomon’s Seal in most of the shady borders.
May is the month for lots of shrubs to flower, making the garden look pretty. This is a purple leaved Weigela which sets off the dark red peony next to it when it flowers.
Iris is such a diverse family, so many colours, so many sizes and so many different conditions where there is always an iris to suit. This lovely one is a tiny Californian Iris which likes moisture, I have this one at the front of the bog garden, so it has been under water for most of the winter, but it revels in it!
In the border where we have the dead oak, we have a few deciduous Azaleas, this one is Persil and has a wonderful perfume. When this grows, it and another should fill the centre of the border.
Various Epimedium are flowering at the moment, this one which looks like a jester’s hat is called Pixie.
Azalea Homebush has a beautiful perfume, here it is keeping company with Viburnum plicatum Maresii with it’s horizontal branches.
The bog garden is waking up and soon it will have lots of flowers from all the candelabra primulas, this one is Apple Blossom.
Also just starting to flower is Primula aurantiaca with a variegated hosta behind it.
Still flowering in the bog garden is Primula Guinivere, this has been flowering for months now, it certainly seems to appreciate the wet soil.
In the front is the foliage of an astilbe with primula Postford White behind. Behind the primula is the lovely blue of Meconopsis Lingholm, yes, it’s Meconopsis time once more, but more of this in a later post!
Another meconopsis, this time Meconopsis cambrica, I am still spreading the seed around in shady borders as I feel more shady places could be brightened up by them. I think they would prefer a soil which is better drained than mine, but then they would probably be a problem.
A flowering shrub in the back garden is Choisya ternata which usually flowers twice during the year. The foliage has a lovely perfume if crushed.
Roses are starting to flower, this is Rosa Penelope in the back garden, when it opens it fades to almost white ,so with lots of buds the bush has two colours while it is flowering.
Climbing up the side of the conservatory is Clematis Lasurstern, or at least I think it is, because this was already here when we came. It flowers for a long time so is well worth it’s space.
All the Alliums in the back garden, behind the alpine scree, are starting to open up, this one is Allium Globemaster.
In the same border is Darmera peltata, putting up a few flower stalks, the large leaves follow later. I have tried to move this plant to a more suitable place, it likes very damp soil, but the huge thick roots have wound their way round the rocks that are in the bed, it will have to stay!
This clump of chives has seeded into the paving round the house. They have been under water all winter when we had a bit of flooding, I thought chives needed well drained soil!
Still flowering in the front garden is a Camellia with no name. This has been flowering for months now, but it has plenty of buds still to open.
Still in the front garden, in the Bee and Butterfly border, is this Argyranthemum which will now flower right through to the first frosts of the winter, a really super plant.
Just further down the border is a clump of Camassia, they are the opposite of the Argyranthemum, they don’t flower for very long at all, which is a shame, I won’t be buying any more.
Primula Inverewe has just opened its first flower. This is a lovely candelabra primula with orange/ red flowers which needs division to increase it as it is sterile, it will take me longer to build up a little drift of these.
Zantedeschia aethiopica almost made it for GBBD, but not quite. Looking at the huge leaves means it will be included for GBFD in a weeks time so I will be able to show you the flower then.
The English Iris, Iris latifolia has just started flowering in the Bee and Butterfly border in the front. The clump is getting rather large now and is covered in buds so I should have them for a good month or so. I think maybe it ought to be split and spread along the border.
Clematis montana which is climbing up a large oak isn’t flowering as well as previous years. A couple of weeks ago we had dreadful gales which threatened to bring it down and I’m thinking that maybe it lost some of its flower buds, I think I will give it a handful of fertiliser so that hopefully it will be back on track next year.
Rhododendrons are now flowering in the border opposite the back door, some of the foliage got burnt in the winter with the gales, one or two of them don’t look very happy.
I think that’s it now for this month, flowers starting to bloom everywhere and I’m running out of time! One day I will catch up with the weeding, at the moment I just try not to notice them. Do pop over to Carol at May Dreams Gardens to see what is flowering in other gardens at the moment.