I had an appointment with Snow White yesterday, so the monthly celebration of what’s blooming in the garden is a day late: pop over to Carol’s blog at May Dreams to see more timely posts from all over the world. As always I am grateful to Carol for hosting this opportunity to share my blooms with a wider audience.
Rather than revisit blooms I have featured recently, like the beauties waiting for me on our return from holiday, I am focussing on the newer delights but nevertheless holding fire on many others that are still in bud but desperate to break forth with shouts of joy. The woodland view above manages to show in one view Rhododendron ’Cheers’, the unnamed red rhododendron, wild garlic and bluebells. With the early sun and dappled light it gladdened my heart as I rambled this morning. Looking at the number of flowerheads on the wild garlic, though, I think I will have my work cut out to remove them all before they go to seed!
On the paved area, the bag of mixed dark red & purple tulips are doing a great job in the big round tub which is home to Rosa ’Munstead Wood’, hiding the as yet flowerless bush and suggesting that some annuals in a similar colour could successfully continue this ploy once the tulips are finished. The ‘Peach Blossom’ tulips in the five very weathered pots are now in full flow, but will be over and done with before the pink wallflowers pull their socks up and show some colour.
The Golfer commented on the Ajuga reptans ’Multicolor’ recently, asking what it was and bringing its understated colours to to my attention yesterday as it sprawls over the edge of the rockery. Also in the rockery is this dwarf Rhododendron impedium, poised, pretty and petite:
There were not many flowers on my usual spring clematis beauty ‘Constance’, due to its enforced move last year; these two, however, have no reason to hold back and Clematis montana ’Warwickshire Rose’ is champing at the bit throughout the magnolia, ready to follow on from the creamy pink with its own pink flowers and lovely bronze leaves. Through the bee-filled comfrey behind the blue & white borders the big buds of Clematis ‘Lord Neville’, a dark blue purple, are clearly visible. Rather than tie it into the tree stump it is planted next to I am wondering now whether to let it clamber at will.
In the herbaceous borders the various perennials are clumping up nicely with this astrantia being one of the first to flower – probably ‘Shaggy’. Two surviving ‘Prince Charles’ tulips are set off nicely by the heuchera and dicentra (or whatever it is now called!), giving further encouragement to my thoughts of planting even more tulips later in the year.
The woodland border still plays host to many hellebores, now in their muted and dryer attire, and disappearing gradually amongst the snowdrop leaves and various hardy geraniums. The pulmonaria, though, are coming into their own now, the established clumps in full flower and leaf, sitting nicely alongside the aforementioned geranium, this one being Geranium anglicum and the first to flower this year.
I wonder what will be blooming in a month’s time, in the middle of June…?