Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – May 2011

Grevillea Canberra Gem

Grevillea Canberra Gem

Here we are at the 15th of the month again and time for Garden Blogger Bloom Day posts.  I was actually surprised when I went out to take photos that there wasn’t quite as much in flower as I thought there would be.  A lot of the late spring flowers are going over and the early summer flowers haven’t come out yet. Though saying that I am sure the Grevillea above is usually in flower earlier than this as it is one of the first plants the bees go mad for whereas this year they have lots to choose from due to everything being ahead of the game.

Aquilegia McKana hybridAquilegia McKana hybridHowever on closer inspection there are a few nice gems around.  The long spurred Aquilegias McKana, which I grew from seed a few years back, where really popular when I was recently visited by a gaggle of bloggers (is that what you call a group of bloggers): ArtistsGarden, Victorias Backyard, Welsh Hills Again, VegPlotting.  They were also very much on display at the Malvern Spring Show which is unusual since they normally flower just after the show.

One of my real favourite flowers in the garden is the Mathiasella Bupleuroides ‘Green Dream’ (below).  I love this plant, the flowers are just beautiful and the glaucous foliage is a wonderful foil to many other plants.  Sadly it doesn’t appear to come from seed but I  have been successful with propagating the plant from root cuttings so soon there will be even more in the garden,

It appears that my preference  for strong colours is spreading through the year and is no longer restricted to late summer.  The Sanguisorba below is really brightening up the gravel border and is very popular with the bees.

The Lazula  nivea (below) grown from seed last year has really made an impact on the slope and I am trying to decide whether to extend it. The flowers en masse are quite striking and tulips earlier in the year looked great amongst the foliage but I wonder if I extend it across the border whether it will be too much.

In contrast to the Lazula are the Peonies which are looking very opulent and luxurious at the moment.  I know some people would say that Peonies and grasses don’t work together but I don’t agree – I like the combination.

I do have a dilemma I really like the flowers on my Doronium (below) especially as, again, I grew them from seed but they are the only yellow flowers in the garden at the moment and don’t work well with the jewel colours that are emerging as a theme in this garden.  I am thinking of moving them up to near the Iris siberica as the yellow and blue may work better than the Doronium and Peony which is the current combination!

I love Foxgloves but this year I seem to have dwarf Foxgloves.  I think it is because of the very dry March and April we had which meant that the plants did not have enough moisture to put on some height.

Finally, here is a small delight which I discovered by accident last year – Asarina Procumbens.   I grew it from seed, no surprises there, without really knowing what the plant would look like.  It is quite cute as it crawls across the ground with the snapdragon flowers appearing along the stems.  If you need some ground cover I would recommend it.

So those are the highlights of what is flowering in my garden in May 2011 very different to last May’s GBBD post.

Thanks to  Carol for hosting this monthly meme over at her blog May Dreams Garden

17 Comments on “Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – May 2011

  1. I think the word you are referring to is a “bevy” as in a “bevy of beauteous bloggers”
    Your garden looked wonderful when we all visited Helen – and you have some real treasures – I do like the Mathiasella Bupleuroides ‘Green Dream pictures above.

  2. It seems as if you have plenty of blooms and they are beautiful. You never know how Bloom Day blossoms are going to turn out. We had hail yesterday. Everything today has damaged blooms and leaves.

  3. Rushing off to look up Lazula nivea but must tell how much I enjoyed your post. And I’m also very much encouraged by your ability to propagate mathiasella! I’ve added mathiasella to my garden this year and hope to make it happy. Also surprised to hear of sanguisorba in the “gravel border,” which to me speaks of harsh treatment, not too much water. I could be mistaken but would love to believe it’s true. I can’t seem to keep sanguisorba moist enough.
    Happy bloom day.

    • My gravel border is called that as its by the gravel path! The soil isnt dry although the being clay based it can get quite hard in teh summer. I have moved my Mathiasella and it has deep roots a bit like Acanthus so it reshooted from the bits left in the soil. Have quite a few now – trying to do root cuttings properly from it, will report if I have any success

  4. Isn’t it great when colour starts to burst through! I do envy you the foxgloves, that is one plant I have never managed to grow in this garden, despite 10 years of trying. I love your posts, your garden has such lovely interesting plants, a great source of inspiration – thank you.

  5. Lovely images of Aquilegeas, Helen, and they’re flowering at the same time as mine but my photos of them were all out of focus , I’ll try again. I love the frothy white flowers ofyour Lazula nivea, I’d let it go where ever it wants, I don’t think you can go wrong with it. Christina

  6. Who says peonies & grasses don’t mix? Nobody around here would, as we’re all in love with grasses and peonies in the Midwest. I think you’ve got the right idea in moving the Doronicum next to the irises. Gold & blue go very well together (“Hail, hail, Michigan, the pride of Gold and Blue” University of Michigan colors).
    Everything seems to be way behind in my garden this year, with the weirdest of weird weather. It keeps things interesting.

  7. Love the variety of your Aquilegeas…interesting that mine bloomed a couple of months ago but even with the heat of April, they produced a couple more blooms after the rain on Thursday. It was a nice surprise. Happy GBBD!

  8. Enjoyed your May blooms and your Malvern posts too Helen. Wondering what you were tempted by at the show this year 🙂 I have had the little asarina in the past – isn’t it delightful?

  9. Wonderful post and loved the introduction to some plants I don’t think are often seen!

  10. All those columbines are just stunning…and I would never have guessed that was a Sanguisorbia…it doesn’t look like any of the others I’ve seen!

  11. Oh those columbines make my heart sing! They are so exquisitely beautiful and what great photos you have – of all of your blooms.

    I have never before seen the Mathiasella Bupleuroides -what a curious, amazing plant!

    I’m looking forward to keeping tabs and seeing what blooms next in your garden. Happy Spring!

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