End of Month – May 2013
Having had a sneaky look at last year I can clearly see we’re behind… No surprise there because we’d had such a mild winter and then very early, hot spring. By now we had, however suffered two months of near constant rain, so any sunny photos must’ve been taken on the rare occasions that we had sun.
Regardless of this, Lupins were heavily laden with blooms, Sweet Rocket was filling the air with beautiful perfume, and I also had Roses, Salvia, Clematis, Astrantia and Geraniums.
This year, however I cannot be too surprised that blooms are a little later, after all it wasn’t that long ago that we still had snow!
Geraniums have begun blooming but so far aren’t in full swing, Salvia, Lupin, Rose and Sweet Rocket are almost blooming, so it isn’t too bad. And to be honest, I only noticed the Sweet Rocket appearing a few weeks ago – until then I thought I’d lost it but it looks to have self-seeded a couple of new plants for me, thankfully because its purple blooms are far more beautiful than Honesty even if they are very similar.
This year I will really miss my poppies and the Ammi I had last year. I haven’t sown any seeds this year, however I have spotted some poppies coming up in the Magnolia border which I didn’t sow – unless they’re from last year and only just sprouted. So it’ll be interesting to see what they turn out to be. I might have to see if B&Q have the ‘gnome’ poppies again that I bought last year; they were beautifully vibrant!
I’m playing a little bit of catch-up at the moment, the Bluebells are now in full bloom, Clematis ‘Willy’ is almost finished, and I need to chop it back hard because it’s barely producing any blooms or growth since I moved it. Hopefully if I’m hard with it, it’ll produce lots new shoots from the ground. I have various shades of Aubrieta, and it’s another plant that always seems to come out a different shade on the camera!
In autumn I planted around 10 Camassia, these are new to me so I didn’t get many. I’ve coveted them for a number of years but never took the plunge as such. Actually I’m disappointed, they’re just not ‘doing it for me’.
Sadly it’s almost the end of Tulip season; shops don’t seem to be selling them in bouquets anymore. Goodbye old friend; until next year!
It has to be said, the wet summer last year and mixture of sun and rain this year has led to the plants being very happy. It’s clear I need to do a fair bit of dividing later in the year (if I’m still here) and I’ve been looking at which plants I plan to take with me to a new house.
Everything is very lush, but also seems to be overgrown, this border especially is rather messy as it transitions from spring into summer. The Drumstick primula heads are unsightly, and I’ve left the lawn edge because I didn’t want to mow over the Muscari which is going to seed further up in the border.
I’m actually really very happy with the border under the front window. It’s definitely beginning to ‘leap’ this year and I think I’ll remove the Geraniums I planted in there to help bulk things up to allow the other plants to spread their feet more. The Macrorrhizum Geranium will soon take over like it has in the Cherry border if I don’t pull it up.
Moving into the back garden, I’m somewhat indifferent about the Aster border. There’s lots of this little Daisy type plant growing in it at the moment, which I might pull up because it’s crowding many of the others. I also don’t like the Aquilegias in this border, I feel they’re out of place and need moving. I will definitely take the taller one with me when I move as it seems to be a cross between my pink and my purple semi-double. It doesn’t have a yellow centre like the rest.
I also don’t like the Shasta Daisy, nor that it is really beginning to take over – even the Flat-topped Aster is losing the battle against it! And I much prefer the Aster. So I won’t be taking any Shasta Daisy with me.
(it’s been a good year for Dandelion, the cheeky clock is actually growing in the middle of the Pheasant’s Tail grass so I can’t get rid of it without ripping up the grass too.
I am loving the Rose’s fresh growth this year… I think it’s the first time I’ve really looked at it, or at least noticed the beautiful colours. Perhaps it’s due to the weather? Anyway, ‘Harlow Carr’ is opening her first blooms now and I cannot wait for the scent of Roses in the house again! Pretty pink vases, here I come!
Oh yes, and the Alliums are far too happy in my garden. I’m being taken over by them. If it isn’t ‘purple sensation’ growing everywhere, it’s these smaller ones with leaves more like grass. The enter bottom of the right border is solid with Alliums or their seedlings… It’s getting very crowded down there. I’ll leave you to try counting the Alliums…
Oh yes, and I’ve cut back the dead v. Bonariensis right in the middle and towering over everything else. I lost pretty much all of my Verbena to the snow.
This is possibly the first time I’ll ever say the Buddleja border is doing well. So well, in fact it’s crowded this year. Geranium Thurstonianum is once again making a bid to take over the world. I will take some with me to the new house, but I’ll definitely be careful where I plant it next time. I didn’t realise it was such a beast when a friend gave it to me. The bottom photo is taken from the top side, where it’s more difficult to make the plants happy as it’s often hot and dry up there.
Astrantias are really happy this year! Previously they’ve struggled and produced only a few blooms. Shame they’re now hiding my F-M-Ns.
This border definitely needs dividing, once again Herb Robert is taking over and I think perhaps I ought to move it to another border where it’s more welcome, or needed because currently there are enough Macrorrhizum and Phaeum here to easily fill any spaces. Thankfully Herb Robert is so brittle it’s easy enough to snap off branches of it without the need to dig the whole plant up.
I am pleased to see the Bluebell numbers increasing, although they are struggling under the tree because the Geraniums are too tall! (just see some peeping out in the back). I have a slope of Foxgloves which will eventually become the centre of attention in a month or two.