Ten May Blooms or Thereabouts

Chloris and her Blooming Garden encourage us to share our top ten blooms every month and May brings a dilemma – with burgeoning blooms, how do we limit our choice to ten? As usual, I haven’t counted but have chosen my stand-out blooms and guess there will be ten or thereabouts – thank you Chloris for giving us this opportunity.

I have to begin with The Wisteria, which is mind-blowing – and for the first time I can actually detect a fragrance, perhaps because there are trusses along the lowest branch for the first time in ages where, unlike the higher branches, the fragrance is within reach of my nostrils. The first time my wisteria flowered, six years after planting, I cried, and I have felt quite emotional standing admiring it this year too as it really has been awe-inspiring, especially with those trusses down the side of the house as well. Fulsome is the word…

The roses are only just beginning to come on board, with buds abounding but only a handful of blooms yet – apart from Madame Alfred Carriere (top left) which is is on its way to being smothered. In clockwise direction she is joined by single blooms on Gloriana, Crown Princess Margarita and Munstead Wood.

May is aquilegia heaven, and these are all seed sown from seed supplied by Touchwood Aquilegias a few years ago before the nursery suffered a devastating attack of downy mildew:

It is also the time of year for many alliums and as I tend to add more of the ‘ball on a stick’ varieties every year I realise I could do with photographs of each border taken around now so that I can plan a better distribution of bulbs. So far the ones shown below are nice and erect due to surrounding foliage but they may need staking in due course.

This year I have been surprised by a couple of clumps of Allium (nectaroscordum) siculum which have not been seen for a number of years – what on earth have they been doing in the meantime and why do they feel now is the right time to reappear?

Alongside the aquilegia and allium are the third of my Wordless Wednesday As – astrantia. Astrantia ‘Bowl of Beauty’ is my newest and, seemingly taller than some varieties, is particularly striking.

Geranium, another garden stalwart, also begins to appear in May and usefully fills gaps and provides colour for many months. Below are Geranium ‘Rose Clair’, G psilostemon and G thurstonianum

All my annuals are planted out now and could desperately do with some rain to boost growth and promote flowering. Cosmos were anxious to flower when they were still in their cell trays and, although still small, these Candy Stripe have been flowering since the end of April. Also beginning to bloom is the statice Limonium ‘Rat Tail’ which I didn’t get to flowering stage at all last year but they have made up for it by romping away this season so I can anticipate some useful vase material from them.

Centaurea montana has been such a good do-er for many ears in my garden and is now joined by a white variety which promises to behave in a similar way – such reliable clumps of colour in May and June every year, and such pretty blooms too:

I shall finish my ten or thereabouts with the loganberries, safely tucked up within the fruit cage and absolutely smothered in blooms which in turn are smothered in bees. Crops of both loganberry and raspberry were significantly down last year, presumably because it was such a dry summer, but things are looking very different this year despite another relatively dry season so far. These should be ready for picking in about a month or so.

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27 Responses to Ten May Blooms or Thereabouts

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Your wisteria looks gorgeous against the lavender-pink house – well done, Cathy! And I like the white centaurea– it reminds me of a snowflake, very pretty.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Eliza – the contrast against the pink is more marked once it begins to fully open as it can look a bit wishy-washy up till then. I thought the same thing about the centaurea

  2. Heyjude says:

    Such a beautiful garden Cathy. And I love your wisteria – so elegantly pruned!

    • Cathy says:

      It’s a bit like the curate’s egg, Jude, and parts of it are better than others…! The end result of the wisteria is worth any effort required in the pruning – and it’s not the hugest of efforts anyway. The worst part is trying to stop the tendrils getting under the solar panels and I need to get up a ladder and inspect them more often during the summer πŸ˜‰

  3. Pauline says:

    Your wisteria is magnificent, as are your roses and aquilegias, early summer blooms are so beautiful! You will soon be feasting on all your loganberries, Summer will definitely be here then!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Pauline -and I am so looking forward to seeing all the new roses in bloom. The wisteria never fails to move me, but this year I have been moved further than usual!! I don’t know why the loganberries are looking so healthy as it has still been a dry year – ah, but I did feed the soft fruit, which I had forgotten, something I have never done before…

  4. Chloris says:

    Thank you for joining in with your Ten May blooms Cathy. Of course it is difficult to choose just ten at this time of the year, they are all gorgeous. I should think your fabulous wisteria must bring tears to your eyes, it is so full of bloom and beautifully trained. I love aquilegias too, it is fun to try different ones each year and they look wonderful with alliums..

    • Cathy says:

      It is certainly worth any effort required in pruning the wisteria, as you will appreciate. I am pleased that most of my seed sown ones have stayed true to their origins and that none have succumbed to downy mildew – I feel so sorry for the Touchwood lady, losing her wonderful collection like that

  5. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    If I had such a lovely wisteria I would weep. It looks iconic against your house. Geraniums are some of my favorite flowers. Yours are sweet.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Lisa – it only flowers for a few weeks, but I love the structure of the bare branches in winter too

  6. All beautiful, but oh that wisteria!

  7. Cathy the Wisteria I love it. Your Roses are all so wonderful that I’m left with all: what a delight to have them all at once in bloom. I like the Aquilegias very much. The Allium is cute. The Astrantia is a jewel. I love the geraniums, they make the garden so happy. The Cosmos are very special like the Centaurea montana. Have a very good harvest of strawberries and raspberries: I’m addicted to strawberries πŸ™‚ Greetings from Margarita.

  8. Wow, what I wouldn’t give for that wisteria, so beautiful. All the garden and flowers are beautiful, but the wisteria is just WOW!

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  10. Now how interesting that you mention that you’ve had had a couple of allium siculum clumps that has arisen out of the blue Cathy. I have have had one appear too which has bemused me πŸ˜€ Maybe their occurence is related to last year’s drought. I’ve not heard of that particular astrantia which looks and sounds rather striking.

  11. Glorious! No wonder you shed a tear with your wisteria . It looks picture postcard pretty against your pink wall.
    Everything else is looking fabulous too

  12. tonytomeo says:

    Oh, that wisteria is even better in full bloom than it was a few days ago. The berries are even more impressive, just because I know what they will be doing later in the year!

    • Cathy says:

      We tend not to get many seedpods on ours Tony, and thinking about it I am not aware that it particularly attracts bees

  13. antonia_ says:

    Beautiful flowers! Great post

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