May has been the month of the tulips and rhododendrons here in Aberdeen.
Some tulips were at their best earlier in the month – these were photographed on 11th May.
I planted a few species tulips last year in the hope of them naturalising and flowering every year. Without doubt the best ones were the early Tulipa slyvestris that flowered in April, but I have been pleased with the others too. I read, a bit late, that some of them self seed – I guess I shouldn’t have dead headed them then?
So moving on to the end of May, there are still some late tulips flowering and a lot more besides.
This is the back garden taken from an upstairs window It shows the main south facing herbaceous border with the bench and ‘romantic bed’ near the middle.
The top end of the border is still not flowering, but I am quite happy with the central part. The Clematis montana is at its best, although the chamomile path is still rather patchy.
The Cotinus is just coming into leaf with a purple Iris siberica in front. I am not sure the colours really go though.
I have also grown Camassia for the first time. It has done well.
Further down the shadier part of the border is looking quite colourful.
Moving back up to the rockery area, the rhododendrons have been magnificent.
Last but not least the Euphorbia ‘Fireglow’, down by the garage, has been a good as ever this year. I have taken bits of it and planted around the garden to see how they do in more difficult positions. They are all doing well so far.
The garden is quite colourful at this time of the year and should get better as more of the herbaceous perennials come out. Next month we should see the poppies, lupins, delphiniums, geraniums and roses. With luck the weather will improve so we can enjoy the garden at its best.
With thanks to Helen at the Patient Gardener for hosting the End of Month Views. Why not pop along and see what everyone else’s garden is doing this month?