May is the month for ebullient flowering, the garden will be overflowing with flowers that are definitely OTT! The Pips in question are the flamboyant Peonies, Iris and Poppies and they are joined by Rhododendrons and Azaleas, but they will be in a separate post. Some of these flowers don’t last very long, but that doesn’t matter, they add their gorgeousness to the garden when the spring bulbs are dying back and before the summer perennials start flowering and fill the gap beautifully.
Peony mlokosewitschii is the first of the herbaceous peonies to flower here.
The colour of the petals is such a beautiful pale yellow, they close up to try and protect the pollen from the rain that is falling.
But when the sun comes out, they open up waiting for any passing bee.
I think I need to give Molly the Witch some fertiliser, she had far more flowers last year.
The other peony that is looking beautiful at the moment is a red Tree Peony.
Just bought as a red one, so no name I’m afraid. The colour of the flower is picked up in the leaves.
The bees love to wallow in the pollen. In spite of being called a tree peony, it is only the height of the herbaceous peonies. It’s main stem doesn’t die down in the winter though, it stays all through the winter.
Iris reticulata are the first iris to flower here, usually in January, but now is the turn of the dwarf bearded Iris.
This one was left over at the end of a plant sale at church, so I took pity on it and brought it home.
I’m so glad that I did, it has the most beautiful perfume!
It seems very happy on the alpine scree, so I think I must buy some more for here as the drainage is the best in the garden.
The only poppy I have flowering at the moment is the Welsh poppy, Meconopsis Cambrica. The Oriental poppies have lovely buds swelling but none are open at the moment, they won’t be long though. These flowers are in the front border by the drive, I sprinkled seed a couple of years ago and at last they have decided that they like it here.
The woodland seems to be the best place for these poppies, there isn’t any problem getting seed to germinate here.
They are also happy to be the understorey in the Rhododendron bed. I will be sprinkling more seed when it is ready. Some people consider the Welsh poppy to be a weed, but I can’t see that happening here, it is only growing where I have sprinkled the seed in previous years, it probably likes a lighter soil than I have. Soon we will have the gorgeous Oriental poppies flaunting all their blowsiness, they will certainly be in part 2!