I have been so busy with work and family lately that I have not managed to fit in much time to blog, or spent anywhere near as long as I would like in our garden. So Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day May 2017 hosted by Carol at maydreamsgardens.com seemed like the perfect chance to get back in the swing.
Our garden is a little messy and suffered from the driest April I can remember. It is our first full May in the garden – we moved in at the end of the month in 2016 – and I can’t help noticing that a lot of our plants seem to be blooming later than other people’s both in our immediate vicinity and compared to other UK garden bloggers I follow.
I have just planted this Erigeron karvinskianus which tumbles out of brick walls in clouds further down our street, and next to it a Stachys byzantina or Lamb’s Ear which I miss from our old garden where I used to stroke it as I walked down the steps to the front door.
I like this overgrown corner of our south facing front garden with geraniums (I’m not sure of the species as I didn’t plant them), white Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) and an Iris ‘Quechee’ which I have just moved so I don’t think it will flower this year.
Nearby are some more irises which again I didn’t plant and will be interested to see the colour when they flower.
Further up our front path are ox-eye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare) fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) and purple Aquilegia.
The Phlomis russeliana is just coming into flower.
More white valerian and Crocosmia by the front steps, and I couldn’t resist this Viola ‘Roscastle Black’ from our local garden centre.
This bed curves round into an herbaceous border in partial shade where Ajuga has been flowering in brilliant blue since early April.
I am turning this into our bold and brilliant Jewel bed and have started with Tulipa ‘Queen of Night’ now blowing over and my favourite Tulipa ‘Bleu Aimable’ still going strong if a little rain damaged today.
Behind this a peony and Alliums are about to burst into flower. I planted white Allium ‘Mount Everest’ and a blue variety I forget.
In our new veg patch the broad beans are in flower and carrot and calendula seedlings are poking through as well as ‘Meteor’ peas behind the beans.
We have just planted this strawberry fountain.
And the Alpines in our miniature dinosaur garden are still looking good.
Towards the back of the garden the comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is ready for harvesting to make comfrey tea.
When we moved in last year we were greeted by the romantic sight of an urn full of forget-me-nots. This year the Myosotis has not yet reached its full glory but there are still two weeks to go until our first garden-versary. Now we are just waiting for the roses to come into bloom.