The greens and whites of winter and the pinks of early spring have gradually given away to a broader colour spectrum as brighter and bolder blooms increasingly show themselves in the garden as the months roll by towards summer. Pastels still predominate in the view from the kitchen windows, although the first red Danse de Feu roses are now appearing on the pergola to the right. The strangely placed bench is undergoing some maintenance in one of the few ‘open’ parts of the garden.
The grass in the streamside area was roughly trimmed with shears yesterday, leaving the narcissi foliage for a little longer. In the shrub border the two new yellow roses bought in the autumn are in bud and the flowers are awaited with mixed feelings. The new rugosa roses here are less advanced.
As the wood anemones, wild garlic (desperately needing to be deadheaded before they seed) and bluebells go over in turn the woodland will become increasingly shady, except for the far end near the Bothy where the two trees were removed.
There is a good view of the herbaceous borders from my vantage point in the bothy chimney, all filling up nicely but still largely on the green side apart from aquilegia, ‘Purple Sensation’ alliums and obliging Astrantia ‘Buckland’.
On the clematis colonnade the geraniums are showing colour and the later and larger clematis are now taking over from the alpinas. First to flower are Josephine, Vagabond and Rebecca:The woodland edge borders are a delight, as always:
The bold borders are beginning to live up to their optimistic name but are still some way off full boldness, particularly due to the range of geum – Mrs Bradshaw, Tequila Sunrise, Totally Tangerine, Prince of Orange and what I am sure will become a new favourite, Prinses Juliana (no doubt all featuring in a Blooms Day post soon). Purple Sensation are indeed a sensation and the baskets of nasturtium make a great splash.
The rose garden is building up to a June crescendo, with Zéphirine Drouhin just coming into flower and Madame Alfred Carrière looking absolutely stunning. The non-climbing roses are benefiting from an unexpectedly thorough pruning and looking healthier than ever before.
Back towards the house, the species snowdrop border is now full of green and white alternatives and definitely appreciating its elevated position:
Capturing End of Month Views like this, a meme facilitated by Helen the Patient Gardener, is a monthly routine that I really look forward to and the record that has been built up from it is both useful and fascinating – good to compare monthly views from year to year as well as reminding me when various plants are generally at their best. Do have a look at Helen’s blog to see what’s happening at the end of May in other people’s gardens but before you do just take a look at May’s final masterpiece, always worth waiting for: