End of Month View: May, Blink and You Would Have Missed It!

It’s not just gardeners who notice how quickly time seems to pass, nor just those of us getting older, but it really does seem as if May had only just started but is now inexplicably coming to a close. On this last day of the month I easily succeeded in finding a dry spell to sprint round the garden and take photographs a the monthly video –Β  we had been forecast a damp day, and it started with the promised rain, but despite torrential downpours only 3 or 4 miles away when I was out this morning, they didn’t reach as far as our garden although we did have had a very brief but heavy shower later, with some hail thrown in for good measure, dislodging some precious rose blooms in the process.

It’s hard to believe just how FULL the garden is, with nearly bare beds and borders only a month or two ago. Looking at the still photographs (you can find an annotated map under The Garden tab above, which shows where they are usually taken from), you can see the view from the back of the house above, and the adjacent streamside and shrub border below, from both directions:

Next, the woodland, followed by the view from the Bothy and the same area from ground level (the empty compost bag with excess allium bulbs is not very photogenic!):

Notice the low growing roses below the clematis colonnade and the revamped heuchera bed before walking through the woodland edge border, where the rhododendrons are just on the wane but there are a few roses beginning to add colour, along with the striking foliage of Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’:

The new grass border is settling in, and the two remaining bold borders have a good sprinkling of colour:

In the working end of the garden, the dahlia and sweet peas are growing well, as are the contents of the four cutting beds, although so far it is only the overwintered antirrhinum that is blooming:

Moving on, we pass the blue & white border before walking through the rose garden and under the clematis colonnade towards the main borders, the latter lush with foliage:

Heading back towards the house, we pass what was the named snowdrop border, currently filled with limonium (statice), just budding up, look up towards the waning wisteria, before popping into the Coop and then down the side to the Coop Corner. The Clematis armandii, despite large sections of it dying off, seems to be putting on a spurt again, easily enveloping adjacent plants if not tied into the fence:

A video should give a more rounded picture of the garden, and it took two attempts to successfully take one this morning, only for me to realise that having left my phone lead behind when we were away for a few days last week I was unable to load it to my laptop. I have uploaded a video using the Golfer’s phone instead, but I cannot vouch for the quality, so my apologies in advance.

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13 Responses to End of Month View: May, Blink and You Would Have Missed It!

  1. Going Batty in Wales says:

    It looks wonderfully lush and colourful!

  2. I love everything about your garden, Cathy. The structures really add drama and give a lovely secret garden kind of atmosphere. The video tour gives a great view, I might borrow this approach and post a video on my blog too! πŸ™‚

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you! Videos really do add another dimension and bring it to life, especially as reducing the resolution of still photos reduces the quality too

  3. What a triumphant month!

  4. I always enjoy a stroll around your garden, Cathy…

  5. I was woken up by torrential rain early yesterday morning but luckily no hail. So much growth in the last month Cathy. That foxglove is impressively tall. Is it taller than you? Loving all the shades of pink, lilacs and purple. Will pop back later with my specs and treat myself to the video tour πŸ˜‚

    • Cathy says:

      The ‘storm” was only brief here, Anna, although the rest of the day was damp and the garden appreciated the rain. Yes, at least one of the foxgloves is taller than me – they were seedlings a neighbour grew, from seeds collected from plants he liked. Most of them are a very pretty pale pink

  6. Cathy says:

    Looking lovely. So it was the rain and hail that broke off your roses. (I saw the Wordless Wednesday post first. ) Storms coming our way again soon too…

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