Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – May 2012
Time for another look at what’s blooming… I’m never sure whether to use these to round up what’s bloomed over the past month or only what’s flowering right now. Of course, I risk missing things which have bloomed, especially if they’re short-lived.
Anyway, I guess I’ll continue with the usual; showing only what’s blooming right now.
The alliums are beginning to open now, and I’m undecided whether I have fewer than normal this year or not. Normally my ‘right’ border looks full of them, but this year it looks relatively bare. However I do seem to have loads of unknown Alliums, or onions – whichever that have popped up in various borders and I don’t know where they’ve come from. They are not flowering yet, but they are not far off. I think I remember reading that the ornamental Alliums don’t breed true, is that right? It would explain all these Alliums that have popped up, anyway!
No Allium shots yet, as they can wait for a later post…
Still struggling to photograph the ‘black’ Tulips, I’ll try when the sun isn’t on them. That will probably solve my problem. The Bugle is also blooming now, and I’m still yet to see any Butterflies on them, which are supposed to like their blooms.
I have a few Erysimums in the front garden, some I like more than others – especially the one that has light peachy blooms that eventually turn purple as they age. I’m not so keen on the top one here, but I do love the bottom.
The Corkscrew rush is looking much the worse for wear, even after I removed the brown stems before… I hope they survive! The Drumstick Primula are also battered and bruised after the rains and winds, but they have been blooming quite a while!
Over the weekend I finally got Susan Williams-Ellis planted, she replaced my Iceberg Rose which has suffered in all the heavy rain and subsequent saturated ground which has weakened its roots and I’ve had to hold it in place with a large stone as the winds repeatedly blow it over. I am very sad to see it go. I think I will get a climbing iceberg for the fence so I can still enjoy the gorgeous white blooms elsewhere and I think it will look nice along-side Gertrude Jekyll.
Finally I’ll leave you with the Lupin, Aquilegia and Geranium Phaeum Samobor. I love the deep purples of the latter two, but Lupins are still so special to me, and are another plant that remind me of my childhood and my parent’s garden. They are a long-time favourite of mine. The Aquilegia is a self-seeder that appears to be a hybrid of my pink, single skirt Aquilegia and the doubles of a previous garden. In another post I’ll show you underneath so you can see the ruffled skirts ;)
This is only a short view of what’s blooming… The other photos are intended for feature posts instead. It’s much the same as what I’ve already shown in previous posts, anyway :)
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