End of Month View: the Darling Blooms of May

Welcome to an end of month view of the garden at the end of May. I took the video and photos of the garden fairly early this morning, to avoid potential extraneous garden noises on the video; sadly, when I came to upload the photographs the contrasts and areas of shade were far greater than I had thought and they were retaken later, but the original video will still be used. Since last month I have experimented with different forms of the latter, but still find that a portrait rather than landscape view works better for our garden; a tablet would give a better display, but my relatively elderly model was not only difficult to comfortably hold steady for the duration, but also couldn’t cope with the sudden variation in light across of the garden. Do let me have your thoughts on this.

It has been a gloriously sunny but very, very dry month and watering has been crucial for the greenhouses, cutting beds, and anything newly planted. The new pipeline to the bottom of the garden with additional taps in between has been a real boon and made regular watering less of a chore. There has been a certain amount of early leaf fall throughout the garden too, with dried leaves being scrunched underfoot like a mini-autumn.

Let’s take a ramble around and see how much it has changed since the end of April, starting with the view above from the back of the house, and the shrub border below. Sadly, I cannot replicate the fragrance in the photos.

The woodland floor seems desiccated, but the woodland bulbs below will be resting and the primroses should perk up after some rain:


The main herbaceous borders from the bothy, and from ground level:

The clematis colonnade, underplanted with roses, and the bronze heuchera bed:

The woodland edge border, also very dry, bringing a speedy end to the rhododendron display for this year:

The bold borders, with just a little timid colour to bring some boldness:

Some of the cutting beds, the first with dahlias and sweet peas and the second photo showing the main cutting beds with support netting in place:

The working greenhouse now holds just the early sweet peas and tomatoes:

The blue & white borders are dominated by Rosa ‘Snow Goose’ and a VERY tall delphinium!

Pushing myself back against the fence I can show most of the rose garden in this view:

Retracing our steps towards the house to get to the Coop, where the summer bulbs and scented-leaved pelargoniums are building up to a later display…

…and down to the Coop Corner and shady courtyard, the latter seeming to be a misnomer as the ferns and hostas have been drooping in the heat:

Now, please click on the video link for a more immersive ramble around the garden.


As many of you know, we normally open the garden for the National Garden Scheme in June but, like many others, this will not be happening in 2020 because of Covid-19. Last year the NGS raised over ยฃ4 million for charity which will not be possible this year, so when you view my video tours please consider making a donation at ngs.org.uk where you can also make virtual visits to a number of other gardens. Thank you.

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24 Responses to End of Month View: the Darling Blooms of May

  1. Your garden is looking fantastic – I love all of the little zones and areas of interest ๐ŸŒฟ

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you – it doesn’t stop me always looking out for ways to adapt it though!

      • I totally understand that Cathy ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a tiny garden and itโ€™s hard to believe how much time I spend daydreaming new plans for it! ๐ŸŒฟ

        • Cathy says:

          And why not (unless it upsets you not having a bigger garden or the funds/time to put new plans into action)? ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Iโ€™m quite content with my little space ๐Ÿ™‚ Iโ€™m enjoying the challenge of getting the most out of every inch of space ๐ŸŒฟ ((Although I do sometimes daydream about moving the garage forwards and having a whole double garageโ€™s worth of extra growing room ๐Ÿ˜ƒ ))

          • Cathy says:

            Now that’s a good challenge… ๐Ÿ˜ Mind you, even creating an extra square metre for planting is a joy

  2. bcparkison says:

    Everything looks good from here
    So sorry there arent any in person visits
    Wonder when and if this will ever be over.

    • Cathy says:

      The NGS have now said we could open in June, arranged through their website with timed tickets, but like many others there was so much uncertainty a few months back that we it made sense to make a firm decision. It is too short notice for June and not enough time for publicity or the finer details. I would be happy for informal visits by appointment in due course though, taking the garden as it is, if we were able to do so

  3. Anna says:

    Thank you for a most virtual tranquil ramble Cathy. I will miss seeing you and the Golfer next month and of course your beautiful garden. I will certainly make a donation to the NGS. I wonder if one of your videos will be posted on their website where I’ve already enjoyed a few virtual garden visits. What have you done with all the plants that you must have lined up for the plant sale?

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, it is always a good to see old friends when we open, both helpers and visitors – but of course if you (and Greg) would like to visit at any time you are passing, do let me know. The NGS prefer a video at the usual time of opening – and in landscape format! I must have a look at some of them and see how they compare with my amateur efforts. Thanks for donating too

      • Anna says:

        Oh what a shame that the NGS are after a different format for their website. I’ve wandered round a few of their virtual garden visits and have enjoyed them. Thanks for the open ended invitation. Would love to see you both and the garden. Sadly though it may be some time before we are traveling again and you know about my odd travel preferences ๐Ÿ˜„ xxx

        • Cathy says:

          They have a larger supply of videos than they can cope with now, I believe. I shall have to keep experimenting with formats, I suppose. Yes, the thought of travelling again seems quite alien, but do just say if you feel up to it at all this year.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh, and I will repot the plants and hopefully keep them going till next year…

  4. I agree that May is the month you have to be in the garden daily and sometimes twice or more per day to see everything that goes on. Wonderful views of your garden. Those delphinium are amazing.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, there is often something new on every ramble – or if I ramble in a different direction for a change! I used to think delphiniums were difficult, but now I think if you can get a young plant through its first couple of years without too much slug damage then you are OK

  5. Cathy says:

    Your garden is looking glorious with all your roses! A beautiful and peaceful haven Cathy. Loved the video again. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy, it is glorious but a little damp today, but nicely so as everything looks brighter and refreshed, despite the grey sky

  6. Chloris says:

    I really enjoyed rambling round your garden Cathy. It’s all looking wonderful and I feel as if I’ve just strolled round with you in person and now I’m waiting for my cup of tea. Lovely to see all your roses doing so well.

    • Cathy says:

      Ah thanks, Chloris. I put 3 old fashioned roses in the woodland edge border last year and it looks as if they will be flowering tis year, which I am pleased about. I’ll get the kettle on now for you – and it’s coconut and lime cake today…

  7. tonytomeo says:

    I just recently had to deadhead some heuchera, and remembered what yours look like in these pictures. Mine are not as pretty, but they live in a tough spot. I saved quite a bit of seed to put out where they might do well this autumn.

    • Cathy says:

      Do they grow easily from seed, Tony?

      • tonytomeo says:

        I have no idea, but will find out. Those that provided the seed grew from seed from others that are now gone. They are confined to an area that is only about a hundred square feet, but they cover rather thickly in some spots.
        We sometimes toss seed of desirable flowers about, even if we do not expect many to grow. Unless they need to be sorted (like Lunaria annua) is no more effort to do so than it is to discard them. After deadheading the Heuchera, I tossed the seed capsules out where I thought more Heuchera would be nice . . . if it happens to grow. If not, it will be not big loss.

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