We are not as far on as the some parts of the UK, but here in Scotland things are moving on at a pace.
Here is the view from an upstairs window which, I think, gives a good overall picture of the back garden.
You can see the herbaceous plants are all growing well – I still need to stake some of them. The yellow forsythia at the bottom of the garden has been the best ever; it is almost ready for pruning now. The skimmia is covered in white flowers, but it has really grown too large for its position. It, too, is due for a severe chop once the flowers fade. The purple and orange flowers are the perennial wallflower, the erysimum.
The photo above was taken nearly a week ago and since then the white rhododendron, ‘Cunningham’s White’ has flowered – and yes, that too, will be cut back in a few weeks.
It is amazing how some wonderful combinations of plants occur all on their own. These bluebells grow like a weed in my garden and I often try to pull them up. However don’t they look great together with the euonymous?
Other combinations I do take some credit for:
This corner of the patio is looking great again. A couple of months ago it was because of the iris reticulata; now it is the rhododendrons.
The rockery, too, is beginning to look better…..
I am really looking forward to next month in my Aberdeen garden. The lilac tree is going to flower this year after its year off – when it does it is magnificent. Hopefully, too, I will have a good display of my favourite poppies. . . .
Thanks Helen for hosting this End of Month View – it is a great way to keep track of what happens when in your garden. Why not head over to her blog to see what is happening in other gardens this month.
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