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.