Sadly May has drawn to its close and the best month of the year is over, that bridge between Spring and Summer when the rush of growth reaches its peak. There is no brown to be seen now, as all the plants have filled out, covering the bare soil ... which means less weeding to do ! Very little has 'gone over' yet, meaning that growth is still structured, and hasn't yet hit that leggy, teenage sprawl, which happens later in the season.
May is all about the plants . The hard work of seed sowing and tending is done, and all tender plants can be planted out in the garden. And, joy of joys, the greenhouse is eerily empty as stuff gets moved outside.
This year, as always, I have grown Dahlia 'Bishop's Children'. What is not to love ? Easy, reliable, interesting ... they tick all the boxes. Dark, fine cut foliage is topped by a range of flowers from dark red through to orange , which keep going right up to the first frosts. The photo above shows the first one to flower from sowings made in March.
Sweetpeas sown last autumn have now started to flower.
Most important of all, the roses have begun to bloom. First was climber 'White Cloud', then 'Alissar, Princess of Phoenicia', followed by 'Buff Beauty' and the first of the David Austins, the lovely white 'Winchester Cathedral'. Above is the first of my Gallica 'Charles de Mills' to flower. It is planted singly, and beats its siblings by about a week, every year.
This hedge of 'Charles de Mills' will be out very soon, and is one of my favourite sights, and scents, of the year. It does not repeat flower, so those fleeting flowers are even more precious.
Above is Buff Beauty.
Sadly, I don't know the name of this rose. Slow to establish, it is now growing on well, and has small single flowers.
Oh dear! This one will have to go! I planted it earlier in the year, as part of a job lot of bargain bare roots . This is Patio rose 'Sweet Dreams', and , while I'm sure there are lots of people who would love it dearly, I really hate orange roses. I shall pot it up and give it away to someone who will appreciate it !
I went out into the garden, armed with the Macro lens, to take photos of all the Aquilegias, thinking that it might make for an interesting, visual blog post, but ... too late ! They are past their best, and this is one of the only flowers still looking its best!
The delphiniums are lovely this year, but, Mrs Picky here, isn't happy with the colour and I wish it was more traditional blue and less purple !
All the big tender plants have come outside to enjoy the summer, leaving the conservatory and greenhouses quite empty.
The border edging is Alchemilla Mollis, grown from self seedlings I found in the gravel. It looks ok now, but after it flowers it has to be cut right back, and then looks unsightly for some weeks. I am currently contemplating alternatives, so all suggestions welcome !
This part of the garden (above) was only created a year ago, so I am happy with the way it has filled out. I am keeping a vigilant watch to ensure that plants don't get too overcrowded now!
If I could freeze frame the garden at this point, then I would as it is my most favourite point in the year, as there is still so much promise, and so much yet to come.
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