After a lovely weekend the weather has changed back to winter today! Well, not quite the frost and snow, but cold and windy anyway. I am glad I have put in all the bedding plants that are going in for now. I still have some to do, but they still need a bit of hardening off. I am also glad I took my photos a few days ago!
There is a big change in the normal view this month.
Here is the view from April
And here is the view for May
This is one of the best times of the year for this border. The Clematis montana is so pretty. I try to keep it cut back so it doesn’t take over everything. The chamomile path is growing now and smells lovely as you walk with your morning coffee to sit on the bench under the wall.
At the back of the border you can see the Geranium phaeum with its lovely black flowers.
Does anyone have any success cutting this right back to encourage a second flowering?
Coming up fast at the front left is another hardy geranium. This blue variety (maybe Johnson’s Blue) only flowers once, but is lovely when it is out and the bees love it.
Moving along the front we have a pink astilbe with the lovely bronze leaves of Penstemon ‘Husker Red behind it. I had this in a shady spot near the bottom of the garden, as this is the conditions it is supposed to like. However as it didn’t perform I moved it last year to this sunny spot and it is already looking better. It should have lovely white flowers, which I have yet to see! Does anyone else have this plant. If so what conditions does yours like?
Further right is a little geum, ‘Leonard’s variety’ and back right is a small mock orange, Philadelphus ‘Mrs E.L. Robinson’, in its second year. It didn’t flower last year, but I think it has some buds now. It could be quite a show.
Looking left from this central border.
The oriental poppies are really good this year with loads of buds. A plant further over has just started flowering – see last post. You can also see the tree heather Erica arborea Albert’s Gold is covered in little white flowers. I must remember to prune it back soon.
Here we have some blue Camassia leichtlinii ‘Caerulea’. I think this is a lovely plant and am determined to get some more, maybe of a brighter blue or a white. It is grouped with some ‘Queen of the Night tulips and some white veronica.
You can see the cotinus is just coming into leaf. It looked lovely with the early sun behind it.
Finally here is an overall view of the main border from an upstairs window.
You can see my fan-trained plum tree is doing well this year. I think those red tulips might be the Jan Reuss ones I lost earlier!
As you can see, I don’t have room for many more plants now. I really should follow in the footsteps of a couple of virtuous bloggers who have vowed not to buy any plants for a year. Unless of course anything should need replacing, or someone were to donate me any plants – well it would be rude to refuse wouldn’t it!!
Thanks again to Helen at The Patient Gardener for hosting this great meme.