End of Month View: May 2018

A somewhat bedraggled garden for this month’s End of Month View post.  I stupidly thought at the weekend, when it was sunny, I’ll take the photos nearer the end of the month as the poppies may have opened.  Foolish me! So these photos were taken this morning in drizzle with mist hanging over the hills and this evening we have thunderstorms so no better opportunities have been offered for sunny photos.

The garden continues to surprise me with how well it is doing with little intervention from me.  My neglect last year has allowed the plants to establish themselves – a lesson has definitely been learnt – and they have bulked up and are looking wonderful.  However, despite the verdant borders there are lots of weeds creeping in and tidying up to do especially on the pot front.

Having seen so many wonderful pot displays in Austin I was ashamed of my paltry attempts on my return especially as many were weed laden or even dead!  I have started sorting them out and have made some progress which is very satisfying but not enough to share here.

Oh and if you look closely you can see evidence of my other challenge at the moment – the dandelions which are everywhere. At least the rain last weekend made it easier to dig them up in the front garden. I now need to tackle the back garden.  I also need to make a note of those plants that are crowding others and come up with a list of divisions etc I need to do in the Autumn – a limited list as I don’t want to loose the full nature of the borders.

So this is my soggy garden at the end of May – a month whose high temperatures early on, following on from a wet spring, and now more rain has created a very pleasing effect.

If you would like to join in with the End of Month View you are very welcome, you don’t even have to do it every month, just whenever.  All I ask is you link to this blog post and leave a link in the comments box below linking to your post and that way we can find each other.



22 Comments on “End of Month View: May 2018

    • Hi Alison
      Even the dandelions are lush!

  1. Dandelions, a universal weed. I’m fighting them in my garden, too. Your gardens are lovely! I might have to do an EoMP, too!

    • Thanks Carol for the compliment

  2. I think it looks great and very robust. I personally am very pro-dandelion, since they attract pollinators and actually offer seed food to some birds, plus they don’t need to be mowed in our wild backyard. You can send all your dandelions to us here near Woodstock NY and I’m glad to have them!

  3. Lushness is the key word for your garden, I think. So many lovely things to look at in those borders, and I love the little flowers (even if some of them are weeds, I’m not sure) in your grassy paths.

    • They are daisies as the grass needs cutting!

  4. As someone who has to make daily interventions you should be proud of yourself for not having to. Be thankful for that drizzle. As to the pots-the most difficult of all our gardening jobs is to create a pot planting that lasts and lasts. Cactus? Agaves? Enjoy your June garden.

  5. Dandelions? Are those the white spots that look like English daisies. I see only a few yellow spots.

    • You can see the yellow dandelions as I have pulled the heads off before they seed everywhere. The other yellow dots are Welsh poppies which are like a weed in my garden

    • Oh, of course; they are not visible without the flowers.
      When we were kids, a tortoise came out of the orchard and ate all the dandelion flowers from the lawns. Eventually, there were no more dandelions. That was okay because we fed him or her other things.

  6. Definitely green and lush, Helen, with lots of texture and colour – and I know what you mean about plants taking time to establish themselves. Many of the new things I planted last year just bided there time till now, so there have been a few surprises this year – and some crowded borders! I am now trying to remove dandelion flowers too 😉 My EOMV is at https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2018/05/31/end-of-month-view-green-with-a-touch-of-colour/
    Thanks for hosting

  7. Hi Helen, looks like both our gardens have thrived on neglect!
    I still like the view of the steps up to the path best.
    Here’s mine, better late than never!

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