“They have to be beautiful, tough and prepared to move at a moment’s notice.”
This is how The Traveller recently described plants in my garden! Unfortunately he is right. I either like things or I don’t, and if I don’t they are usually out!
“Tough” – yes, because I don’t have the patience to pamper to them. I do try to plant them in the correct positions. I am lucky to have most aspects in my garden from the hot, (well sort of!) sunny, long border to the damp, shady North facing bit ‘ round the side’. If a plant doesn’t get on where I put it, I will move it once and then if it doesn’t pick up the next move is to the compost heap!
“Ready to move at a moment’s notice.” – true again! There are two reasons for this:
one – I don’t really have an eye to imagine how things will look until I see them, so come Autumn we usually have a big shuffle around.
and two – like most gardeners I can’t resist buying or acquiring new plants, so sometimes I have to move existing plants just to fit them in. My borders are in real danger of becoming seriously overcrowded. I think, subconsciously, I am trying to reach that stage when I don’t have to stake any more because the plants will just hold each other up!
Anyway, I digress. On to May’s Bloom Day. As you can see from the top picture, this is the month of the rhododendrons. In fact a couple of them have already had their moment of glory and the flowers are falling onto the grass.
Aberdeen is blessed with a slightly acidic soil and so is good for rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers and other ericaceous plants, though I still give mine an annual mulch of ericaceous compost just to be sure.
The oldest rhododendron in the garden is round the North side. We inherited this one, but I think it is a Cunningham’s White as it looks just like a definite Cunningham’s white that I planted at the bottom of the garden.
I also have a lovely pink one that I did plant, but before the days when I knew to keep the labels. Both these plants get very little sun, but still flower their socks off.
I have an yellow azalea and a red rhododendron at the edge of the pateo. The red one is flowering so profusely that it keeps catching my eye from the kitchen and I think we have a red car coming down the drive. I put the azalea in to replace a strongly scented one that got rather swamped by the bottom hedge, but although it does have a scent, it is nothing like the original. They don’t make things like they used to,do they?
You can see the photinia Red Robin has finally got its winter fleece off. I thought is was time even though it is still a bit chilly here. The yellow and red tulips are from Amsterdam airport and are called La Courtine. What is it with these Dutch tulips? – these were supposed to be 18 inches tall and they are nearer 36 inches! Maybe they don’t have the same inches in Holland. Either that or it is my wonderful leaf compost! Thankfully, though, they are still standing.
The red tulips are Kingsblood (again from Amsterdam, but not quiet as tall). What a great name for a tulip!
One tulip that hasn’t performed very well is Jackpot. I planted it in the pot with the cream Mount Tacoma as they were supposed to flower at the same time i.e. April/May. The Mount Tacoma were beautiful (see last post) and flowered early in April. Once they were over the Jackpot tulips decided to finally show their face, but by then it was too late for the affect I was wanting. They did not look very good either, but maybe I just had too much in that pot.
Here is a tulip that I would really recommend as they are such a wonderul rich colour. These National Velvet bulbs were not purchased in Holland and so the height is what is says on the packet: 16 inches. They are planted in the bottom corner of the garden.
Before we leave the tulips, here is another great performer. I moved this last Autumn and they have still flowered just as well. I don’t generally like frilly flowers, but these are going to look great with the frilly red poppies in the front- if they can just hang on for a few more days….
Moving up the long herbaceous border, the clematis montana is magnificent this year. I grew this from a cutting a couple of years ago and I think it wins the prize for the plant that can put on the most growth in one year.
While weeding the other day at the back of this border I got the fright of my life as this little fellow jumped out of the damp bluebells! He was kind enough to stay around while I dashed in for the camera.
Not to be outdone, our other resident frog decided he rather liked a bluebell garland too.
The orange geums are brightening up a darker area. Does anyone know their name?
I thought this hebe was ‘Green Globe’ as I have a couple of labels in the house, but I don’t think it can be, as the information says: “Very occasionally producing sparse numbers of small white flowers.” Unless it is that leaf compost again! Can anyone identify it?
Euphorbia Fireglow is one of the workhorses of the garden. It is in a very inhabitable place in the garden with poor soil and little sun. It comes up bigger and better every year and is no bother at all.
Well I think that is it for May’s Bloom Day. I hope you enjoyed the tour of what is looking good in my garden this month. Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Garden who hosts this meme on the 15th of every month; why not visit her site to see how other gardens are blooming today.
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