Having missed the End of Month View by a mile this is me catching up with what has been happening in my garden in May and into the first week of June.
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In the long herbaceous border many plants have matured and are now flowering. Purple is the predominant colour in the garden, but outshone by the brilliant red oriental poppies.These were planted at the front of the border with no thought given to how large they would grow (yes it was me!) but they do make a real statement at this time of year. Apart from red being my favourite colour I also love the petals that are so crinkly and papery. They are difficult to photograph though as I always get some colour saturation – I must try that polariser.
The other star of the garden this month is the lilac tree which is absolutely covered in blossom. This tree doesn’t do things by halves – it either flowers its socks off or doesn’t flower at all. I can’t remember if it is alternate years or more random, but last year it didn’t flower so it was lovely to see the purple blooms again.
The colour is shared by a variegated rhododendron; this is the first time it had flowered and I was just about considering whether to replace it with something more productive. How clever of it to flower at the same time as the lilac. At the back of the same border the geranium psilostemon is just coming out. I love the vivid colour of this geranium, though it is a bit of a thug and needs good staking to stop it tumbling over the rest of the border. I think this might be one of the reasons the rhododendron hasn’t flowered before. At the front is the purple Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’.
At the right of the photo is my favourite poppy that I have had for many years. It is a very strong, reliable poppy, with very pretty feathered petals.
Further up the long border there are plenty of other wonderful flowers:
On the drive side of the house we have a couple of narrow borders on each side of the path.This is a very windy dry area and I have had problems getting things to grow here. Last year I planted lavender for the first time. I haven’t been a big fan of lavender in the past as I thought it was a rather old fashioned scent. Strange how my views have changed these days. Anyway the lavender, oblivious to all this, is flowering beautifully.
On the other side of the path is a Parahebe – a plant rescued from the Bargain bench at the garden centre. The flowers are really pretty.
Near the rockery we have the lovely purple flowers of chives surrounded by mint and rosemary (which has just finished flowering). Isn’t it strange how many herbs have purple flowers?
My little plum tree is doing really well – hope I haven’t jinxed it by saying that! It has put on a good 50 cm in parts (that is two feet in old money!). It has a good dozen or so plums too getting larger by the day. I keep watering it well and feeding it manure every so often. The Traveller and I spent a happy couple of hours fitting stakes to the fence wires to train it to. I am advised by the garden centre that I shouldn’t prune it until July up here; that will be rather traumatic. I have some new secateurs especially for that tree.
Finally a few more photos just taken today – the wonderful iris, Black Beauty, is just out. Well, one group of bulbs is, but the others that I moved haven’t even attempted to produce a flower! Hope they do better next year.
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