Looking back on last month’s End of Month View it is amazing how much the garden has filled out in just one month especially given how dry May has been. The temperatures have also been unseasonably low and I think this has helped to make everything seem so very green. As you can see the irises have started with Bumble Bee Delight just showing in the bottom of the above photo to the left of the path. Just behind it is a Dutch Iris which seem to do very well here and I plan to add to next year.
Along the bottom path you can see the alliums have come into their own and the roses are about to bloom which I am really looking forward to. I added roses to this border last year and this is the first year when they will be really flowering so it will be interesting to see if they live up to the image in my mind. Throughout the garden there are aquilegias of all colours and types as I just love them.
The steps run up the end of the Big Border and are the access to the garden from the patio which the bottom and middle path lead off. The plants along the edge of the path are starting to soften the steps. I am really pleased with how the shed looks now, painting it has made such a difference. It has somehow lightened the wood and it all just sits so well.
The view from the bottom path across to the shed and you can see how full the Big Border is. I have done some editing but I think next Spring I might need to lift and divide some of the perennials to keep them in check.
The main woodland border is very full, possibly too fall. I really should have relocated the Hosta Sum and Substance or maybe divided it and perhaps the Solomons Seal. I think the hosta leaves add some good contrast to the smaller leaves but there is a lot of pushing and shoving going around.
Above is the newer planted area of the woodland border which was done last week. I really think I need to edit the Maianthemum as it is beginning to romp away. I suspect since the Acer has gone and the willow has been drastically cut back there is more moisture getting to this part of the border which the Maianthemum is enjoying. With a small garden I spend ages hoping plants will establish and then when they do I have to set to to reduce the new growth!
So there is my garden at the end of May 2015 looking lush and full and quite floriferous.
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On queue the Deutzia is flowering in time for the Malvern Spring Festival. I don’t know which variety it is as it was here when I moved in 13 years ago. I cut it back heard each year after flowering or we wouldn’t be able to get up the steps to the garden! This year is seems to be groaning with flowers more than ever before.
The garden is looking very lush and fresh. Lunaria Chedglow has been wonderful for some weeks now and I plan to try and collect some seeds so I can keep these honesty going. I do like the fresh foliage on box, it will almost a pity to clip the two cones back at the end of the month.
The Woodland Border is getting into its pace with the Solomons Seal and False Solomon Seal flowering and I am pleased that the epimediums have really clumped up in the last few years to provide good ground cover. In the background you can just spot the young leaves of the Mahonia. I do like the fact that the new leaves are coming through in reddish hues which are bouncing off the Acer in front of it. I am also pleased to see the Mahonia leaves as two years ago I ruthlessly chopped the plant down to the ground in the hope that it would produce a number of stems instead of its one very tall stem. The plant sulked for a while but it is getting back into its stride now and looking good.
The top grass path is still in need of a cut. I have been rather distracted with other things this weekend so the only gardening that occured was cutting the front grass and potting up the pelargoniums. It might look shabby but the pollinators are loving it and the cat loves the long grass.
The Big Border is finally filling out this year and I am glad that I took the decision not to leave spaces for dahlias and other annuals this year. Its main focus is late summer which lots of aster and rudbeckias but at this time of year the camassias and aquilegia provide a bit of colour.
Finally one of those unexpected delights – Paris quadrifolia – which I have forgotten I planted last year. I have to say that the flowers are a little smaller than I had anticipated but it is still a delight.
It’s nearly the longest day of the year and I finally have my camera back after a month at the repairers so I have spent some time this evening photographing the Cottage and Big Borders.
For the first year since we have lived here I am thrilled with how these parts of the garden are looking. The images in my head are finally beginning to appear in reality.
Many of the plants are supporting each other but there are one or two that I need to stake next year to improve their appearance. I must write-up some notes in the garden diary to remind myself next spring.
Due to the amount of rain and cool temperatures we have had in recent weeks the plants in the Cottage and Big Border have grown quite big and lush but the flowers are being slow to show their faces. The Aquilegia are almost over but the Delphinium and Roses are getting ready to take over in the Cottage Border. On both sides of the path the Geraniums are forming buds and hopefully it will just take a few days of sunshine and warmer temperatures for them to open.
The path from the other end. I have under planted the Cotinus with white Corncockle which may or may not work, we shall see.
The staging is now home to some of the Pelargoniums, Sempervivums, some sun loving alpines and a few late flowering bulbs such as Dichelostemma Ida-Maia. The remaining gone over bulbs will shortly go into the greenhouse under the staging to dry out and I will move the tender succulents out to replace them.
I am pleased with how the ‘Hardy Exotic Border’ is going. There is some filling in to do with smaller plants. I also have a trug full of tulip bulbs from the big pots and I think I am going to plant them out in this border. If they flower, and I know many tulips don’t do well in their second year, then they will bring a colourful splash before the hardy plants get going again.
The Damp Border is filling out with ferns and astible. It isn’t the most photogenic border but one of those that you can appreciate more close up.
The Trough in the front garden also isn’t that photogenic but it was only planted out a month ago and I need to add some pots of tender succulents around the Trough.
For those long-suffering readers that endured last year’s End of Month Views on the front garden here it is now and finally I am enjoying it. I think it just needed another year to bulk up. There are gaps to be filled and some balancing to do but finally it makes me smile when I pull up on the driveway.
Finally the middle path along the top of the Big Border. I should be including a shot of the Patio Border but I am camera-less as the camera I have been borrowing from my son has gone with him to London for the weekend and mine is at the menders. I am very pleased with how well the Big Border has filled out. You wouldn’t believe that this time last year it was only a month old.
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