A friend visited today and realised that not only had he never seen the garden when the sun shone but he had never seen it in the spring or summer either; not surprisingly he understood why I love it so much. My rambles get longer and longer as there is so much to observe at this time of year and the lushness sometimes takes my breath away – whether it is delightful combinations like the self seeded cowslip and pulmonaria above or the first of a series of blooms that you know will continue to give pleasure for weeks or months, like the rhododendrons:
There are blocks of colour that bring special pleasure though, like this corner of the blue & white borders which has been buzzing with bees for weeks now, especially when the sun shines:
From the kitchen window, my favourite combination has to be these galvanised tanks which are stuffed with violas I have grown from seed and a mix of tulips. The creamy white ones were a surprise and must be a throwback to last season as they were not in the mixed pink pack I planted this year. What colour! What floriferousness! What a month May is!
With thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens who encourages us to show off our blooms on the 15th of every month – and who didn’t know where to start either!