Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – May 2012

I was thinking only yesterday that the garden is in a bit of a lull before the early summer flowers start but it was surprising today to see how many flowers there are at their best at the moment.  Now I don’t know what the plant above is.  I grew it from seed a few years back which I got through a seed distribution scheme and I know they were labelled wrong so I have never been 100% sure of the name.  It is a low ground hugging plant, so if you have any ideas let me know.

In a bid to learn to love my front garden I am including some of the flowers you can find there at the moment.  Above is Euphorbia griffithi ‘dixter’ (I think) it spreads all over the place and I am currently toying with moving it to in front of the beech hedge as I think the colour of the flower will look stunning against the new beech leaves. Below is Grevillea Canberra Gem one of my favourite plants in the garden for sentimental reasons but also because it flowers for ages and is covered in insects seeking pollen

The colours in the back garden are currently more muted, more pastel and the Aquilegas are just  starting their show.  My favourites are the Aquilegia McKanas with their long spurs.  I seem to have misplaced some of mine so I will be making a note to get some more seed.   I have some of the more European Aquilegia’s, as below, but I don’t find their dumpy flowers as appealing.

I am really pleased with the plant above, Centaurea montana I think, it hasn’t been that happy with the stems being very lax and the flower collapsing onto the soil but this autumn as part of the big move around I moved it to another part of the garden where the soil isn’t quite as good and it is drier and the plant has thrived with strong stems and bright upright flowers.

Mathiasella bupleuroides  ‘Green Dream’ just goes from strength to strength.  The leaves took a battering over the winter but having removed them all lots of new growth has appeared along with the wonderful flower which will stay now for months.

The colours in the woodland border are generally very pale and white but then that’s good as the flowers show up in the shade.  Above is Anemone nemorsa possibly vestal but I don’t think so as the photos I have found don’t have so much yellow showing.

The Maianthemum racemosum is the real star of the show in the woodland border this week and I leave you with the Deutzia which is swamping the top of the steps at the moment.  It is a stunning shrub inherited when he moved here and is wonderful every year.

For more Garden Blogger Bloom Day posts visit Carol at May Dream Gardens

15 Comments on “Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – May 2012

  1. I love looking at photos of your garden Helen. You always have such interesting plants. I am particularly taken with the Grevillia and feel the rush to find out more and look for the ideal space in my garden, can you tell me more about it please. R

  2. I rather like the dumpy aquilegea, I have one I grew from seed and some seeds that have just germianted from it. The Duetzia is amazing, very frothy and pink.

  3. I love that euphorbia (too wet in my garden, sniff) and as for the deutzia – wow! Very lovely crop of blooms…

  4. Very pretty blooms! Each one is so delicate and sweet. And I don’t think I’ve ever seen ‘green dream’ before.

  5. Wow – some lovely blooms there – I am envious of you having so much in flower – I am definitely way behind in the flowering stakes.

  6. Yvonne – NZ – You have many pretty flowers. Yesterday our garden club went to a new housing development and wandered around the wetlands planting. The area is an old volcanic quarry where most of Auckland’s roads got their metal. There is lots of plantings and little parks/reserves to make up for small sections. There is a large lake and two more ponds to collect the rain and drain runoff. All NZ natives, allowing for 10 year and 100 year old downpours. The birds have discovered the plantings so the area is coming alive. Our warm autumn seems to have finished, snow on mountains, thunder storms and heavy showers here. I sprinkled my opium poppies the other day so hope for as many as I had last year. They hate transplanting so I let them grow where they want to. I gave seeds to garden club members, so hope my circa 40 year old ones continue. When I lived near Christchurch in West Melton we merrily planted them in heaps of gardens.

  7. I have to stake my (blue) centaurea, Helen otherwise it flops terribly. I think you’re right – they are sturdier in poor soil. Your ‘unknown’ looks like a dianthus and hopefully has a delicious, spicy scent (though they don’t all). Dave

  8. I’m surprised to see a grevillea in your garden. They’re common Southern California landscape plants that are adapted to our dry summers. But I guess they’re quite tolerant of a wide range of garden conditions. I’ve enjoyed your other selections for the month, too. It really is a calm, gentle range of colors.

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