I have been casting clouts around the garden for a number of weeks but, whether or not there is any credence in the old saying, the more common white hawthorn has been in bloom for some time too. Our pink hawthorn, now it has started flowering after a slow start, is always rather later than the white version but is certainly in full bloom now, the day after the GBBD meme hosted by Carol of May Dreams Gardens. As with any meme of this type it is a good way of keeping a record of the garden, so thanks go to Carol for facilitating it.
The hawthorn is certainly not the only thing in full bloom in our UK Midland garden today: the main herbaceous borders are now producing colour amidst their fresh greenness, courtesy particularly of aquilegia and alliums…
In the bold borders the extra allium I added are strutting their stuff too, alongside the first of the geums (top, Mrs Bradshaw; below, Totally Tangerine):
There was a distinct fragrance of roses on the air when I rambled around the garden today; every day more and more buds are showing colour as they build up to their prime flowering period (clockwise from top left: Guinée, Madame Alfred Carrière, Crown Princess Margareta, Zépherin Drouhin):
In the shrub border the rugosa roses, now in their third full year, are beginning to make more of an impact (from left: Hansa, Alba, Agnes)
Easily overlooked are the subtle blooms of heuchera in a variety of delicate shades, but perhaps more obvious when grouped together like this:
Erysimum ‘Caribbean Island’ has been flowering non-stop for 2 or 3 weeks and at an unbelievable density; sadly I understand it is only a short-lived perennial, perhaps wearing itself out with its superhuman flowering effort:
The alpina clematis are all but over and most later flowered ones are just gearing themselves up for their turn, but my only montana, C montana ‘Grandiflora’ is doing a job of climbing into the hedge and contrasts well with our neighbour’s unwelcome laburnum. We have trimmed off as many overhanging branches as we can, but we still get hundreds of distinctive seedlings popping up in our own garden…grrr!
Finally, a progress report on the wisteria; this variety, Wisteria floribunda ‘Multijuga’, has really long racemes so the process of opening is a gradual one but observed with anticipation every day from the first swollen bud: