End of Month View: Clouts Have been Cast

The old adage ‘neer cast a clout till May be out‘, whether it refers to the month of May or may (hawthorn) blooms, no longer has much relevance for most gardeners, as climate change has moved the seasons forward. I daresay there are still some traditional gardeners who insist that certain things should not be sown or planted out till such and such a date, and even I have found that later sowings of annual have often quickly caught up with any earlier ones. Anyway, here I am fully on top of seed sowing and planting out despite dry and frosty April and the damp squib that much of May has been – now with a warm dry spell it’s a matter of waiting for blooming to begin.

In the meantime, have a peek at where the garden is on this last day of May, a quick post squeezed in as an extra after the weekly In a Vase on Monday and with minimum commentary, starting with the usual view from the house above, and the streamside and shrub border below, from both directions:

Next, the woodland, the view from the bothy over the main borders and the main borders from ground level:

The clematis colonnade (spring clematis over, summer varieties still in bud) and bronze heuchera bed, then the woodland edge border from both directions:

The three bold borders, now beginning to have something to show for themselves:

Through the gates to the cuttings beds:

And on to the blue & white borders, the rose garden and through the clematis collonade to the main borders:

Back towards the house and the snowdrop border with the start of summer annuals, and the defrocked wisteria:

And finally to the Coop, Coop Corner and shady courtyard:

Whew, that was whirlwind tour! Now take it more slowly by watching the video instead…

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12 Responses to End of Month View: Clouts Have been Cast

  1. Cathy says:

    It fills out so quickly, doesn’t it! Everything looks lovely Cathy. I sometimes get a bit overwhelmed by the growth (and weeds) at this time of year, but it is such a wonderful time with most of the planting out done and mostly only maintenance ahead. The bronze heucheras stand out well, and your alliums are wonderful. Do you often sit calmly in the garden? I find it hard to sit still in mine!

    • Cathy says:

      With repositionong the main borders some of the previous alliums had been disturbed, but generally have come back OK but I can now identify where it might be worth adding more. I will have to think of staking them soon! A friend commented on the heucheras when she visited last week which made me realise how subdued they had been over winter but had clearly put on fresh growth now. And no, sitting in the garden is rare for me, although I did ‘make’ myself sit with my cup of tea and cake yesterday afternoon, although didn’t stay after I had finished them!

  2. Noelle M says:

    Your garden is looking fab, and clouts have at last been cast!!!!!!!!! It has been late this year.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Noelle – it asonishes me each year how suddenly it looks abundant (and this year that’s even before the roses have started!)

  3. Wow, I watched the video and I think it tells such a story! You have what seems like rooms and rooms of gardens. How much property do you garden? It was like a fairy tale going from one spot around the corner and it opening to another room. Just magical. I love all the art you have sprinkled throughout as well. You are one busy gardener. Thanks for the lovely tour.

  4. Your gardens are beautiful! I really like your raised beds and brickwork!

    • Cathy says:

      Thans Beth – And I do love a bit of brickwork! No plans for any more bricklayong at present, but something might suggest itself at any moment 😉

  5. tonytomeo says:

    Oh, those BEES! Oh my!

  6. Brian Skeys says:

    Thanks for the tour Cathy. One thing that really caught my eye in the second from last picture is the yellow euphoria (I think) picking up the shade of yellow in the leaves of the hosta in the pot.

    • Cathy says:

      You are welcome, Brian, and yes it is a euphorbia but I don’t know which. It came as an unnamed plant from an open garden, and I am sure will be something very ordinary.

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