End of Month – May 2014
Since the garden bloggers bloom day post, the weather has been somewhat disappointing with lots of rain and increasingly less and less sun between. The plants and garden mostly still look fine, but the bees are suffering and I’ve seen a few dead on the ground and I’ve ‘rescued’ quite a few that are just on the ground/wall and placed them on flowers so they can drink and hopefully get the energy to fly away. Hoverfly numbers still remain low, which is very surprising and Ladybirds are nowhere to be seen. Considering it was such a mild winter, it’s a surprise they aren’t around and can only guess that the rain drowned them during January and February?
The pretty Garden Gnome Poppies are blooming, sadly I missed the pretty white blooms thanks to the rain, these plants are so useful because they have lots of different colours on the one plant. I aim to plant them in the Aster border now the tier is fixed and I’m adding more grasses to the area. I just need to decide what I’m going to do with my Sanguisorba as I don’t want to take it to my parents’.
The right border is looking good, although the rain has almost finished off the Aquilegias since these photos were taken. Thankfully though, Harlow Carr is now blooming. I have two large Honesty that are going to seed and I’m trying to decide whether to pull them up (and not have their pretty seeds later in the year) currently they are smothering my tuberous thistle and Fox and Cubs so I really need the space clearing.
It’s Allium time once again, I’d like some shorter purples if possible… It seems difficult to get nice pom poms, lower.
The front garden is looking good with plenty of colour when walking up to the house, even the other side of the garden looks OK as this year the large shrub rose is very dense and adding welcome cover so the wall isn’t seen so easily – the wall is ugly and I hate seeing it. Preferably I’d prefer to have a climber on it, but as the gardens are tiered, anything on the wall would climb across my neighbour’s lawn as his grass is flush to the top of the wall. So sadly, it’s a no-go.
The window border is filling in nicely, perhaps too nicely and I need to pull some of the Geranium out – it was temporary anyway – as it’s crowded the Dicentra and this year I barely have any blooms. Perhaps it’s nothing to do with the Geranium and suffered in the rain?
A few years ago I planted two Oriental Poppies in the front garden, one has always been huge and has massive blooms on it, the other is much smaller and weaker. Both were the same and it’s interesting to see how each is coping. Similar to my ‘patty’s plum’ I bought 3-4 years ago, never once bloomed and only just beginning to produce good growth.
Now, here’s a conundrum… Remove the Teasel or not? It’s in completely the wrong place, has seeded from somewhere right at the front of the path through the Aster border. I don’t want to get rid of it but at the same time it can’t stay there and I know I’ll kill it if I attempt to move it (perhaps even kill myself on its lethal thorns)
The Foxgloves this year are a big disappointment, thankfully some have seeded in the front garden, including the below light one… Although perhaps a common purple would have been better in an otherwise primarily purple border.