End of Month View – May 2012

Another month over and it couldn’t have been one of more extremes.  Nothing but rain and low temperatures at the beginning and then no rain just unseasonably high temperatures the last few weeks.  There seems to have been no transition from one to the other, one minute we were wearing jumpers the next T-shirts.  The plants have soldiered on some flourishing in the temperatures and some, like the Delphinium, seem to have ground to a stop.

The main garden has been somewhat neglected as I have been concentrating on seedlings and potting up whenever I have had time to garden and the weather has allowed it. The patio/spring border is really burgeoning and looking very lush.  Strangely I seem to have quite a few Aquilegia which I have had to stake this year.  I don’t know whether it’s the weather or my heavy footed cat who loves to hunt in the borders especially now the foliage has filled out.  It is increasingly hard to find her in the garden.  I have a little tweaking to do in this border as there is a Japanese Painted Fern just behind the gap you can see above.  It is completely swamped by the surrounding plants so needs bringing forward at some point.

The Cottage Border is coming into its own.  I had hoped that the Delphinium would be flowering the same time as the Peonies  but it isn’t to be.  However, the Aquilegia and Foxgloves are adding plenty of height.  I’m not sure about the yellow Welsh Poppies which seed themselves all over my garden.  I think I need to remove them from this border and I must remember to deadhead the ones I let remain in the garden before we are completely awash with the yellow peril.

I have been wondering about my step over apples for the last month but today I noticed that they have suddenly sprouted lots of leaves so I have to get in there and do some rubbing off of unwanted buds.  Once the branches start to form I shall put in some canes to support the branches.

I am really pleased with the Allium cowanii (those are the small white flowers along the front of the border).  They are doing really well and adding some front of border interest.  This is something I have been trying to get right blending the planting at the front and the back of the border with planting in the middle.  I don’t necessarily think that all the plants have to be low at the front of the border but I do like to try to have plants to hide the stems of the taller plants.

This is the view from the other end of the border.  Those pesky Welsh Poppies can be seen ruining my pastel ensemble!!  Thalictrums are just opening so hopefully they will still be flowering in  months time for me to share but maybe that is asking too much with the weather we have had.

If you would like to join in with the End of Month View you are very welcome.  Just post a link in the comments box.


34 Comments Add yours

  1. Looking really good! Know what you mean with plant grinding to a halt. My border looking a tad odd, as the green foliage has not quite yet taken off properly but there are flowers! Hopefully with some rain and watering might them to recover….

  2. hillwards says:

    Oh but I do envy you those Welsh poppies – I must add some to our Welsh garden! They are a good clear yellow so tend to look lovely wherever they pop up, even in your otherwise pastel border they add something rather than take it away, I think.
    Your borders are looking really lush and already quite full, no wonder your cat has so much fun exploring. Love that peony too, such a lustrous red. I must finish and post my end-of-month-view tonight – it’s already a year since the first EOMV I wrote!


  3. Christina says:

    It’s all looking lovely Helen; really filled out and lush and all the colours are working well together even the Welsh poppies you’re not sure of add sparkle rather than look brash. I think its good to have a plant that runs through a lot of the garden it adds continuity and makes the garden seem larger. Here’s my post. http://myhesperidesgarden.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/end-of-the-month-view-may-2012/

  4. Your borders are lovely. And it is true that given the chance, yellow will take over the garden, regardless of the plant.

  5. Brooke says:

    Very pretty you have quite a diverse selection of plants in bloom. Great job! Here is my most recent post that shows several of my beds….

  6. hello Helen, thanks for hosting EoMV I didn’t join last month as I went away on the last day of April for 3 weeks,

    I love how your cottage border it looking, like others I don’t think the yellow of the Welsh poppy distracts but rather adds as Christine so rightly says sparkle and like Sara I would love them self seeding around my garden, your foxgloves are in flower mine have only just started to push up the flower stem, your patio border is full and lush too,

    I’ve done a round up of my garden since I returned home 12 days ago here’s the link,
    thanks, Frances

  7. I must admit to dropping some welsh poppy seeds here and there and wondering if I’ll regret it later. You seem to have a lot more colour and in your garden than ours and plants in bloom (eg thalictrum) earlier.
    Here is my post about May in our garden http://planticrunotes.blogspot.co.uk/

  8. I scattered some welsh poppy seeds last year under the fruit trees. I wonder if I will regret it soon!
    Your garden seems to have a lot more colour in it than ours. And your flowering plants seem to be quite a bit ahead of ours for example with the thalictrum.
    Here’s my May Review

  9. thomasgellender23 says:

    Your garden looks amazing! Mine is still a work in progress and I have recently started a blog http://ourgardendiary.wordpress.com/

  10. It’s looking lovely Helen, you have colour and peonies! I was telling myself everything was advance last year but reading other blogs it’s becoming clear that my garden is being a very slow starter ..I think it needs a good talking to. This is the link to my OEMV http://wp.me/p1jkAI-1Ho

  11. Helen I have been trying to leave a comment but wordpress keep saying it’s a duplicate comment yet the comment is not showing, I’m trying again, Frances

    hello Helen, thanks for hosting EoMV I didn’t join last month as I went away on the last day of April for 3 weeks,

    I love how your cottage border it looking, like others I don’t think the yellow of the Welsh poppy distracts but rather adds as Christine so rightly says sparkle and like Sara I would love them self seeding around my garden, your foxgloves are in flower mine have only just started to push up the flower stem, your patio border is full and lush too,

    I’ve done a round up of my garden since I returned home 12 days ago here’s the link,
    thanks, Frances

  12. It looks lovely, Helen. Keep the poppies. They are so cheerful. I agree with Frances, it is strange seeing your foxglove in flower when mine is no where near.

    Thanks for hosting EOMV. Here is my link: http://woodlousehouse.blogspot.co.uk/

  13. easygardener says:

    Your garden is looking very lush – perhaps weeks of rain was a good thing after all! I never managed to deadhead my Welsh Poppies in time and have given up the battle – I just dig up the ones that are really in the wrong place as I rather like them. My colour palette is all colours regardless but it must be exasperating to see yellow popping up where it is not wanted 🙂
    I have made a note of Allium cowanii – not one I am familiar with and the colour and height makes a nice change from the usual tall purple.

    My link is http://greenforks.com/2012/05/end-of-the-month-view-may-2012/

  14. Good going, Helen. I can’t decide whether things here have ground to a halt or still haven’t got underway – bit of both. D

  15. shirl says:

    Hello again, Helen 🙂

    Your borders are looking good – well filled there. I hear what you’re saying about the height levels in borders – I like to mix that up every now and again but I can see with yours having a view from the top and from the bottom the balance for both has to be considered. Your plantaholic personality is clear to see – your Welsh poppies are just backpacking tourists in your garden 😉

    A tad jealous of your well stocked greenhouse – mine is same size and been unloved this past year. Doing something about that very soon and I will have some special guests come October 😉

    My borders have been getting a shake-up to rein them in a tad (some plants too big) and also to refresh planting combinations and colours. Only one view for you, but this one WILL be different at the end of June – there I’ve said it 😉

  16. You seem to have much more colour in your garden Helen. Ours is green, green and more green with the odd splash colour.

    My link is http://planticrunotes.blogspot.co.uk/

  17. Lovely borders, Helen. May has bee good to your garden regardless of the weather. We are opposite than you. May had little rain and was really hot. June is starting out with cold 50° weather and thunderstorms. We need it too. Many plants went past their prime long before they should have, blooming so early this year. I am joining along with my EOTM post. Thank you. http://gardenwalkgardentalk.com/2012/06/01/my-may-garden-testing-a-flinging-theory/

  18. I know what you mean about the weather. We had a few weeks of very dry, hot weather, and then the rains came…and came. We still have fluctuating temperatures, but I am grateful for the cooler stretches. The plants seem to be taking it all in stride, however. Thanks for hosting.


  19. Alison says:

    Great colour in your borders Helen, its really looking good. My EoMR is here: http://ozhene.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/end-of-month-review-may-2012.html

  20. Helen I will be joining in Monday. I love your borders and how they are flowering…we have similar flowers and weather…my delphs are just beginning to flower and the peonies are a bit early. I think I like the poppies ever so often…they seem to bring in a bit of bright color that makes the other colors pop.

  21. elizabethm says:

    You have so much going on and I really like the way the cottage border is coming out, lovely colour and texture. We have loads of Welsh poppies, appropriately enough!, and they do pop up everywhere. They are easy enough to pull out if you get them small. I think yours look good, they shine out!
    My EOMV is here http://welshhillsagain.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/end-of-month-view-for-may.html

  22. Lyn says:

    Wow, your borders have really come on since last month’s view! It all looks beautiful, Helen. I would get rid of the yellow poppies, but I see there’s a range of opinion in the comments about them, so it’s just a matter of individual taste. Christopher Lloyd would have left them, I’m sure. Here’s my slightly late EOMV.

  23. It all looks beautiful Helen, I’m certainly envious of your wonderful flower display! Not much blooming here. http://www.thegardeningblog.co.za/gardening/my-winter-garden/

  24. kate says:

    Boy, I see what you mean about lush. Wow – what a change since last month. And I’m with you on the poppies, but there’s no point. You can’t get rid of them. They’ll come up whatever you do. I take off the seed heads and it makes no difference whatsoever.

    Here’s my ‘better late than never’ post: http://beangenie.wordpress.com/

  25. Yvonne Ryan says:

    Yvonne – NZ – You were saying that you have not had much sun – don’t you think you yellow poppies are little splashes of sunshine???Happy Queen’s Celebrations. We walked along Wynyard Wharf in the sun on Saturday and I was given a purple balloon. We had a wine and kumera chips at a neat bar that has a gorgeous ‘living wall’, very popular here, tho’ very expensive to maintain. Lots of British displays and activities along waterfront. We still like to celebrate ‘our Queen’.

  26. Anna says:

    Your dear cat is obviously a plant hunter in the making. It’s all looking good and most lush – most envious of the hosta without any sign of a nibble. Welsh poppies made their way here without an invitation and despite me yanking them out with a vengeance they return annually. Have finally posted my end of month view ~ http://www.greentapestry.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/end-of-month-view-may-2012.html

  27. Dorjac says:

    Just a warning about Allium Cowanii. In my garden,with a similar border to your border, it has made itself a total thug. It makes lots of tiny bulblets, It seeds freely too. It gets into the base of larger plants as well. It starts to send up shoots in October, that are like straps by spring and smother other plants. The flower is not worth the aggro that I have had with this nasty little bulb.

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