Darling Blooms of May

IMG_7289Things in garden blogging land have been very quiet recently, testament to most garden bloggers being busy in their gardens I guess! Many of us, however, have managed to make time to take photos today to highlight what is blooming on Garden Bloggers Blooms Day, the meme hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens; thank you for giving us this opportunity, Carol.

Having shown some of the treasures awaiting us when we got back from the few days at my Mum’s, I intended to focus on other darlings today, but couldn’t resist showing the gorgeous tulips again, nor the Winter Sunshine sweet peas in the greenhouse. The sweet peas have provided three sizeable posies since we got home, the one I showed you earlier in the week and two for friends:

IMG_7288Throughout the garden aquilegias are coming to the fore, many grown from Touchwood Aquilegia seed, and some not being the anticipated colour or size and thus required new homes:

Aquilegia.May16At their peak are Narcissus ‘Petrel’, seemingly a lesser known white variety than ‘Thalia’; I planted both behind the special snowdrop border in the autumn and Petrel has proved to be shorter and later than Thalia, making a good combination:

IMG_7274Other good combinations are wild garlic (de-headed soon after the photo was taken) and bluebells with self-sown foxgloves (OK, I can see the nettles too!) and the last of the wood anemones in the woodland, giving a sense of enclosure as they spill over onto the bark path at nearly knee height:

IMG_7275And look at the Clematis alpina:

IMG_7281The red, white and blue anemones grown for The Wedding have been planted out in the garden, enhancing existing planting as this part of one of the bold borders shows. The popular Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’, bought two seasons ago has suddenly begun to perform and hopefully will now prove why it is so popular:

IMG_7284This wild corner of the blue & white borders is beloved by bees,Β  the two different comfreys flowering and providing nectar for months on end:

IMG_7287One of the surprises from earlier in the week was the sudden appearance of camassias – I have planted bulbs a number of times without any success but, despite not planting any last autumn, there are now three spikes in bloom. Where on earth have they been hiding in the meantime?!


On the left of the above picture is another contender for a new home – Cheiranthus ‘Ivory White’, grown from seed, which starts as a definite yellow before taking its time to fade into what you might just about call ‘ivory white’. Not what I want in my blue & white borders nor my main borders – pah!

This little heucheralla ‘Brass Lantern’, however, is a blooming delight at the moment…

IMG_7292… and I am very happy with my choice of Tulip ‘Aveyron’ for these pots…

IMG_7296… and to see this ornithogalum reappear in the streamside grass…


I had been thinking I might move it if it reappeared, but seeing it again I quite like how it emerges here when I am least expecting it.

My rambles take longer and longer these days, such are the increasing number of delights and new discoveries to be found in the garden. The above is just a small sample but I hope you have enjoyed sharing them with me and will join me again tomorrow to see what I have spared for a vase.

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49 Responses to Darling Blooms of May

  1. jennavive72 says:

    Wow! What a lovely garden you have! It must take you hours to take care of it! I only have about a dozen or so indoor plants varying from mini-roses to Ivy, and I find they occupy a lot of my time. I am an indoor gardener because I do not have outdoor space.

  2. Pauline says:

    You have some really lovely Aquilegias, such super colours. Geum Totally Tangerine is certainly worth it’s space, mine flowered all winter and it is now covered with blooms. I have have been surprised at how tall it has grown, I might have to move it. Your Heucherella is such a pretty colour with lovely dainty flowers, thanks for showing them all to us.

  3. Kalamain says:

    Wow… Heucheralla, eh?
    I have a few Heuchera and their blooms are… Well… Nothing to write home about. But I do like the foliage. To find something that keeps the foliage I like and adds to it some blooms to enjoy. Well!

    *Makes note*
    Thank you!

    And you are doing better than me. I found that most of my tulips didn’t show at all this year. Some were moved so I can excuse those. But others just hadn’t bothered. *sigh*

    • Cathy says:

      I believe heucherallas are a cross between heucheras and tiarellas – and the latter are probably more floriferous so that makes a good combination. Tulips returning or not seems to be pot luck – I had one blooming I haven’t seen for a few years!

  4. Chloris says:

    It is worth growing aquilegias from seed to get a variety of different ones, you have some beauties. I haven’ t come across Heucheralla Bronze Lantern before, it is lovely. And your sweet peas! I am impressed. Lovely to catch up with some of your May blooms Cathy. I can see why your rambles take longer and longer. I go round my garden several times a day at this time of the year.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chloris – but I think I need to be more selective about which aquilegia I allow to stay. So tempting to keep them all! I haven taken to having a ramble just before it gets dark too as I just can’t get enough πŸ˜‰

  5. So much beauty to choose from tomorrow Cathy….

  6. Anna says:

    Oh you have some gems in your garden Cathy. Love the aquilegias – any chance of a few seeds from top left hand corner later in the year? ‘Petrel’ looks most striking. I’ve got some narcissus ‘Pueblo’ in flower at the moment which have been a most welcome revelation. I’m spending more time at the allotment than in the garden at the moment having failed the dreaded allotment inspection 😦 There are just not enough hours in the day.

    • Cathy says:

      I will put a little bag round one of the flowerheads ASAP, Anna – this is a diminuitive one which definitely isn’t what I expected it to be as it was meant to be white and was planted in the special snowdrop border so is awaiting a move! I find it appealing for both the colour and its dinky size. I know nothing about allotment inspections – do you now have a time period to pull your socks up?

  7. I do love your rambles. Your Heucharella looks a lot like my Tiarella Sky Rocket, so I guess they must be related.
    Quick question – I remember us having a to and fro about when to prune Autumn Fruiting Raspberries. You suggested it is better not to prune back to ground level in Feb so I did not and they are now full of flower buds – very promising! I have forgotten when you said to prune them though and can’t seem to find our convo. When do I prune them?
    Thanks Cathy.

    • Cathy says:

      The heucherallas seem to combine the best features of their parents, heuchera and tiarellas. With the AF raspberries after these new buds have fruited you can cut these canes down to the ground, leaving the new canes which haven’t fruited yet. They will then fruit in the autumn. It really does work, honest!

    • ps – I’m going to Chelsea this year – EEEEEEEK! and Squeeeeeeee! very exciting!

  8. jpstacey says:

    Lovely! Since RHS Malvern I have (among others) a Tiarella “Sugar and Spice” flowering like crazy, and a Geum “Prinses Juliana” just about to kick off. I saw the “Brass Lantern” at Malvern, but the Welsh Rose wasn’t sure it was much different from a “Sweet Tea” she used to have. I can totally see it, but *shrug* it was her choice….

    Could your camassias have been throwing up leaves but not flowers in previous years, needing to build up food reserves? And the link to Carol’s post doesn’t seem to work: what day of the month is Blooms Day? I’ve sort of missed it twice now!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks JPS (first name is…?). I think I have Sweet Tea too – must check it out, and my Geum PJ which will perhaps decide it is now time to perform. It is really intriguing about the camassias – perhaps I will have a forest of them if all the ones I have ever planted come up! Must check Peter Nyssen website to see which partcular variety they are. I have changed the link to Carol’s site – it needed ‘html’ in the address it seems. GBBD is the 15th of the month and GB Foliage Day (hosted by My Hesperides Garden) on the 22nd

      • jpstacey says:

        Oh, how annoying of WordPress. It’s J-P Stacey! Thanks for the dates: if I can get round the garden this evening maybe I’ll do a belated GBBD post and back-date it!

        • Cathy says:

          So do we call you J-P? Makes it more friendly to have a name… Don’t worry about it not being on the exact date – I think that meme might have a week or so ‘window’ on leaving links

  9. johnvic8 says:

    Lovely. Your tulips are spectacular. I am becoming a fan of heucherella. Glad to see you have it in your garden.

  10. Renee says:

    Don’t you love it when flowers pop up where and when least expected? It’s one of my favorite parts of spring.

  11. Ray says:

    Beautiful columbine. And I see you have been hard at work planning and in getting a great assortment.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Ray – and it’s lovely to see them reappearing reliably each spring, even if in rather larger numbers…!

  12. Seeing the grid over the pots with tulips, I’m wondering if you have cats!

  13. Christina says:

    I love the first photograph of the tulips, but then you know how much I enjoy tulips! Do you think the winter sweet peas would grow in a very large pot, I don’t think it would be easy for me to grow them in the bed in the greenhouse in winter but I do want to try them.

    • Cathy says:

      You asking about growing the WS in big pots has made me think as I anticipate a timing conflict between them and tomatoes later – I see no reason why not, and I think I will do that next year too. They could always be moved outside for May and June… Great idea Christina – and I wonder if Owls Acre say anything about pots on their website…

  14. Jackie says:

    Always read your blog, don’t often comment, These flowers are all so lovely, I do love your garden.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Jackie – it is nice to hear from a ‘silent’ reader sometimes and I know from the blogs I read how much time it can take reading and commenting and sadly have to restrict myself

  15. Brian Skeys says:

    Aquilegia are among my favourite flowers, sadly I have lost most of mine from the mildew that also caused Touchwood to lose most of her stock. I must try raising some again.

    • Cathy says:

      No sign of mildew here (as yet), fortunately. What a shame to have lost yours but devastating for the Touchwood lady…

  16. rusty duck says:

    How easy was it to establish the wild garlic? I’m thinking of doing the same here.

    • Cathy says:

      It probably took a couple of years to begin to get going Jessica but once it starts seeding it will be well away. You have the right sort of garden to establish a colony and if you monitor its spread and remove stray plants if they pop up elsewhere you should be OK with them – a spread of them does look lovely, just like bluebells do

  17. Cathy says:

    Lovely selection, Cathy. Your woodland garden is a delight (wish I could sit on your bench and enjoy!) I’m glad you mentioned the Touchwood aquilegias. I didn’t know about them, but went straight over to the website to browse. Thanks!

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  19. hippiegirl5 says:

    As a person who says often “if we can’t eat it, I will work on growing it later.” Yours are so much more to look at than my vegetable garden πŸ™‚ Especially the Narcissus β€˜Petrel’. I have to say that is one I do not know. I have a mother who would be very jealous of your Clematis. Thank you<3

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you for visiting. Gardeners are very different as I grow few edibles – I love my blooms too much to bother with them!

      • hippiegirl5 says:

        I went through my album and found a few photos throughout my yard. Today I also took some pictures of a beautiful bush and monstrous tree that is blooming. Feel free to take a peak πŸ™‚ I will add the new pics in a few minutes. Also if you know what the they are I would appreciate your help in identifying them! πŸ’—

  20. Linnae says:

    Lovely blooms!
    I have enjoyed my ‘Totally Tangerine’ geum, and in fact just divided it last fall. It provides such a cheery pop of color right as most of the spring plants are fading.

  21. lovely blooms Cathy, I’ve just commented on your WW post that my roses are far behind yours, and then your first photo here of your beautiful tulips they are virtually flowering the same time as mine, clearly different things trigger growth in our plants, your woodland is lovely, I dare to say leave some of the nettles if you want butterflies, I have been surprised to find quite a few of our native butterflies need nettles to lay their eggs for their young to feed on, I love H.Brazen lantern, 2 years ago I moved what I thought were seeded bluebells to the woodland edge, the foliage was grass like and there had never been flowers, last year they had camassia flowers on them, I think mine was a combination of wrong place and bulbs needed to build up, a nice surprise though, Frances

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