Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – May 2013
So, what’s happened in May? Well the garden really has sprung to life and it’s almost difficult to believe it’s not that long ago that we had snow. With the growth, it also became more apparent which plants I’ve lost and it looks like I’ve lost both of my Bird’s foot trefoil. A massive shame as they are wildflowers, but also larval and nectar food plant for Butterflies as well as Bees loving them.
I’ve no idea why it’s taken me so long to show you photos of the Epimedium.
Especially considering how long I’ve coveted it; I finally get some and then don’t even bother to post about it until well after it’s bloomed! So here I am, making up for my tardiness.
So far both are only very small, but over the years they should eventually provide a nice ground cover and I suspect once the Daffs and other spring bulbs have died back they will grow nicely with the added light they’ll receive. At the moment one especially is being swallowed by the other plants around it such as Hellebores, Daffs, Muscari and Narcissus.
Next up we have Kerria Japonica, still blooming and I’m pretty sure it was in last month’s GBBD. I’ve also included a shot that gives you an idea how it grows through my hedge (it’s come through from nextdoor). I was also surprised to see Honesty pop up, I’m not sure where it came from – I think from my parent’s last year but I’d thought they had died… Sadly though in this spot where these are, the Ragged Robin has disappeared. Think I’d rather have the latter tbh, although I will enjoy photographing the seed pods of Honesty later in the year.
Bleeding Heart and Brunnera in the front garden… I won’t bother with the latin name of the Bleeding heart because the truth is I don’t know what the updated nomenclature is now.
More shady photos in the front garden, this time of Pulmonaria and Muscari. The border will soon look far quieter once the spring bulbs and plants are gone. However, hopefully the Tiarellas, Astilbes and Lady’s Mantle will be sufficient.
No matter how I try to photograph this Primula it always end up looking a fuchsia colour! Even using polarising filters. Maybe my eyes are going? Because honestly, they are a deeper plummy shade and not quite so fluorescent.
I’ve been thinking about which plants I would and would not want when I move… And I do think I’d want another of these… However I don’t think they’re very easy to find and hope I can get hold of another. For most of the year however, it’s quite boring but is nice and bushy and provides good screening and then has the benefit of this lovely blossom.
Geum are blooming nice and early – I hadn’t realised they bloomed for so long – Anemone are coming to the end of their bloom but I had to feature them anyway, Quince blooms seem to be gradually becoming increasingly deeper red… Not sure which I prefer! There are some Hellebore blooms left, but I think they too are reaching their end.
Perhaps in the next house I’ll be able to have a beautiful wall with Aubrieta climbing over it… Ahhh, such dreams…
That’ll have to be it for now, I’ve ran out of time to post!