End of Month View: the Weather Changes

IMG_7371After what has largely been a warm and sunny month, the sky is grey and it is trying to rain, albeit not trying very hard. The water butt nearest the greenhouse is almost empty even though it has been difficult to find a cool enough time in the day to make it worth watering all the young plants that have made their way out of their trays and into the ground. An hour or two of rain would certainly give everything a real boost – and at least the greyer sky means no shadows on today’s photographs, taken for the End of Month View meme, hosted by Helen the Patient Gardener. Do visit her blog where she will be hosting links to other end of month views across the worlsd.

Above is the view from the back of the house, the tulips in the five pots in the foreground now replaced by pelargoniums which have now been overwintered 3 or 4 times. The apricot roses in the round container beyond them are ‘Sweet Dreams’ and the red ones on the pergola to the right are ‘Danse de Feu’. The rose arbour on the left is  home to ‘Rambling Rector’ which is now smothered in buds and will be in bloom sometime in the next few weeks.

Below is the streamside grass and the shrub border (from both directions), the latter hand cut this week now that the narcissi and crocus foliage has died down. The path between is desperately in need of weeding, and although the Golfer has valiantly been on his knees this week weeding paths and paved areas there is still a long way to go!

IMG_7372IMG_7390The woodland, now like a green jungly cave:

IMG_7391The main borders from The Bothy and ground level, aquilegia and allium the dominant blooms:

IMG_7375 IMG_7376The clematis colonnade, still with a pile of redundant slate in the forefront but now with pink and purple painted pots to shade the clematis roots instead of plain terracotta, covering up the Golfer’s inadvertent mistake of using permanent marker to draw his cutting lines… ;):

IMG_7378The woodland edge border, from both directions (note the recent transformation of the ceramic sink to a ‘stone’ one, sadly requiring a patch or two as I tried to adjust its position before the sand/cement/peat mixture was dry; no need to coat the inside, which won’t be seen once it is filled with soil):

IMG_7389 IMG_7379The bold borders (and with a functioning spout of water from the very thirsty lion’s mouth after about 15 years without a drink), colour courtesy again of aquilegia and allium, but also orange wallflowers, geum and the red ‘wedding’ anemones:

IMG_7380 IMG_7381 IMG_7382The blue & white borders (see Allium ‘Mount Everest’ in the first picture and stalwart centaurea in the second:

IMG_7383 IMG_7384The rose arbour, with ‘Zéphirine Drouhin’ and ‘Guinée’ vying to outdo each other (ZD will always win), Linaria ‘Pretty in Pink’ at their feet and sweet rocket around the sides along with not-yet-flowering ‘Blush Noisette’:

IMG_7385The special snowdrop border in its late spring disguise of burgeoning white hardy geraniums, white aquilegia and various white annuals grown from seed – and lots of green foliage of course (the globes are solar lights, a very recent purchase from Aldi, and the first solar lights I have considered acceptable; watch out for them elsewhere in the garden):

IMG_7388And that’s it for this month, except the not often shown view from the sitooterie across the Tai Chi grass and paved area towards the house with the delights of the wisteria:


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33 Responses to End of Month View: the Weather Changes

  1. Cathy says:

    Looks lovely Cathy – I think your foliage plantings are masterful! Looking forward to the Rector in bloom.

    • Cathy says:

      Gosh, thank you – I am afraid there is virtually no planning in the plantings so anything that works is serendipity really 😉

  2. hoehoegrow says:

    I love your wisteria, it looks wonderful! The whole garden is looking good, full of eager fresh plants desperate to grow and flower!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks – and I like your description of plants being eager and fresh and desperate to grow! Today will have have helped as it has been damp which plants will appreciate – but I might need to check for slugs tomorrow!

  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Beautiful gardens – it’s astonishing how much everything grows in the month of May!

  4. What a fabulous wisteria! You must tell us your secret to keeping it so well trained.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kate, and it really is just a matter of regular pruning – I now prune at the end of August (6 buds or so) and around Christmas Eve (2 buds), having changed my summer pruning from the longest day last year as it grows so much between June and August. I also trained a couple of new stems along the lower two wires last year where there were sections not flowering. It’s a long climb up to the apex of the gable but it’s worth it – and necessary to remove the stems growing under the solar panels as well as for pruning!

  5. rusty duck says:

    Looking good Cathy. That area behind the house must be a wonderful place to sit out, it’s beautiful. With the scent from the wisteria and roses to boot.

  6. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks for the review of your garden. I can see a lot of work that you have put into it. Well done!

  7. Your garden looks almost full now. It has lots of nice spots of color. That wisteria is a knock out.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Lisa – and I was thinking it was a bit ‘full’ today too, as I tried to ‘shove in’ some of the plants sown from seed!

  8. Such a lovely wander round your garden – thank you! I was excited to see Mount Everest – gosh they are tall – I’m definitely getting some of those. I did trek towards Everest in 1994, so they will be a nice little memory jog.

  9. I love that last picture. You’ve created so many distinct spaces. Love the rose arbor and the woodland edge.

  10. Linnae says:

    Oh goodness–the weeding is never-ending, isn’t it?
    It must be such a pleasure to walk around your garden (between weeding sessions!). So many lovely blooms and interesting things to look at.
    Thank you for sharing!

  11. Christina says:

    You always manage to show a view I’ve not seen before. The wisteria is lovely and the area around the house is very inviting. You seem to have had less rain than me this month!

    • Cathy says:

      According to our weather monitor (not a professional one, but it’s a reasonable guide) it’s actually been an average month for rain overall but it came in early in the month in a couple of isolated afternoons – other days of rain were promised but never came. And it has been the second sunniest month overall since we had our solar panels 5 years ago

  12. MCH from New England, USA says:

    What a delight it must be to have such a garden as yours with a surprise at every turn. You have done wonders in your back yard.

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  14. Cathy says:

    It’s lovely to see the view from the other direction too Cathy – the Wisteria is gorgeous. And all the other parts of the garden look lovely too. I wonder if you often sit on any of the various seats you have – I am a fidget when outdoors but your seats all look very inviting!

  15. Everything is looking wonderful, Cathy. I’ve noticed this month how many lovely benches and seats you have around and about, and it’s a great reminder of the pleasures of sitting and looking at our horticultural creations. Note to self… increase seating! I also think your various themes work really well to create unity in the separate areas. You often mention the stream, but I don’t think we’ve ever actually seen it, so I assume it flows alongside rather than through your garden?

    • Cathy says:

      Like many gardeners, I rarely sit in it! The stream is to the right of the pergola with the red roses in the first photograph. on the left of the grass in the second photograph. It is a pumped stream but does look reasonably natural – I have shown it occasionally but will try and do so again soon

  16. Brian Skeys says:

    The last photo is a lovely end to this months ramble around the garden Cathy.

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