End of Month View, May 2013

In the past I have always considered May to be the most exciting month in the garden, but writing this blog has opened my eyes to the delights of every month of the year, and since joining in this monthly meme, hosted by Helen at Patient Gardener, I now have a written and photographic record to prove there is something new going on throughout the year. I aim to keep the text brief this month, and to see how it all links together you can always look at a map of the garden on The Garden tab above (or click the link).

From the back of the house:

 The stream edge – perhaps I should keep the grass as a meadow rather than cut it once the Tête-à-Tête leaves have died down….

The woodland – anemones over, bluebells and garlic still flowering:

DSCN2090Main herbaceous borders, filling out nicely:

Clematis colonnade, some of the clematis budding up, including some new ones:

DSCN2093Woodland edge border, the path through it needing to be cut back to avoid wet legs after the rain:

Right and left hot borders, followed by the blue and white ones:

….. and the rose garden, with the step realignment in progress:

DSCN2103Heading back towards the house, the species snowdrop border with a number of new white hardy geraniums, and the ex-Devil’s plant border:

bordersAnd finally, a sure sign that there is a lot more to come as the season progresses, is the wisteria, just showing the first hint of colour after being in full flower at the end of May last year, so only a week or so behind:

DSCN2104Do visit Patient Gardener‘s blog to see what’s happening in lots of other gardens at the end of May.

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16 Responses to End of Month View, May 2013

  1. Pauline says:

    Lovely to have a tour round your garden and to see everything growing so well. I am still battling with huge weeds in parts of the garden here, your looks so weed free! Your wisteria is going to be magnificent, will look forward to photos of it in a couple of weeks!

    • Cathy says:

      I must admit I have not been on top of weeding while I have been marking test papers – they are just hidden beneath all the foliage! Yes, it won’t be long to wait now for the wisteria!

  2. Your garden looks wonderful, the hardscape and plants blending beautifully . Love the way you arranged the containers at the back of the house.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jason – I have neglected containers for the last few years, so I am trying to have a blitz on them this year.

  3. Lea says:

    I really love Clematis! Wonderful colonnade!
    Have a beautiful week-end!
    Lea’s Menagerie

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Lea – some of the clematis I moved don’t seem to have survived though and I particularly want to replace my ‘Princess Diana’ which used to be so beautiful.

  4. Helen Johnstone says:

    Thank you for joining in again this month. That wisteria is going to be stunning, hope you will show us photos of it in its glory

  5. Annette says:

    Is this your “sitootherie”, Cathy, the one in the first pic? Looking at your garden I can clearly see why you don’t want to leave it 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, this is the sitooterie – colloquial Scottish, a place to ‘sit oot’ – I had planned it as an ‘orangery’ but changed it to the sitooterie when the orange plant died!

  6. Tim says:

    Thanks for sharing the pictures of your garden. With so many different areas there must always be something interesting to see. I think your woodland edge is great, and wet legs is a small price to pay for such lush planting. Such a treat to see what can be achieved.

    • Cathy says:

      You are very welcome Tim – thanks for joining me on my ramble. You are of course right about the wet leg payment, as that border is probably my favourite bit of the garden or at least the part I am most satisfied with.

  7. Cathy a lovely tour around your garden, every bit is different, a place for every plant, your wisteria is amazing, I was going to ask if you planted it and see from comments you did, what a wonderful achievement,
    one thing that surprises me is how much shade there is, with my open garden I had forgotten how much shade there can be in more built up places, Frances

    • Cathy says:

      The wisteria was planted in 2000 and it was about 6 years before it flowered. We are in fact a semi-rural area, Frances, and most of our shade comes from trees – the mature hedge forms the roughly southern boundary and we have realised in the last few years that we need to keep it trimmed to reduce the potential shade. We have cut back an old plum tree in the hedge as well and taken out 3 large self sown hazels in the woodland edge border. It’s strange to look back at older photos (we came in 1996) and realise which trees have grown or have self seeded since then.

  8. croftgarden says:

    Thank you for the tour – it is looking very verdant.

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