I can’t quite believe it is the end of May already. A May, I might add, that is ending with a distinctly Aprilish feeling to it, cooler and with very welcome rain – and not so welcome wind! The rain means a shorter post than normal, as I’m afraid my dedication didn’t extend to putting my camera in a plastic bag and trying to get close-ups of raindrop decorated blooms. Instead, shots taken from the doorway will have to suffice! Though in fairness, there aren’t many new flowers to display since I posted on Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.
The sweet rocket is still dominating the Magnolia Bed. In fact it is in danger of smothering the Veronicastrum, so I may have to attempt to move at least some of it, now that the ground is mercifully no longer bone dry. I will definitely grow it again, but it clearly grows rather larger than advertised on the rich soil in this bed, so I will have to be a little more careful about where I plant it next time. The large collection of pots conceal the bare earth towards the front of the border, where I have autumn cyclamen and spring crocuses, together with hardy geraniums that have been hanging on for dear life in the dry conditions we have been experiencing rather than spreading enthusiastically to conceal the gaps. There used to be a clump of Astrantia major ‘Hadspen Blood’ there too, but it likes moist soil and was suffering, so I dug it up and put it in a pot, since it is definitely a plant I want to take with us to our next home. In a couple of weeks the oak leaved hydrangea should flower, along with the veronicastrum and the foxgloves, changing the feel of the border yet again.
The Pond Bed is beginning to really fill out, with achilleas and rudbekias almost ready to flower, and the lovely new plants that I brought back from Malvern adding splashes of colour. Next year the geums should have filled out more, and I really look forward to seeing masses of the bright flowers floating above the rest of the border on their wiry stems.
I’ve had my eye on the pale pink perennial scabious in the foreground here for a couple of years now, but always resisted – until I lost the Kanutia macedonica to powdery mildew. I picked one up to help fill the resulting gaps, and planted some Cosmos ‘Sonata’ seedlings in there too. I shall miss the combination of the Allium sphaerocephalon and the Knautia, but at least there soon won’t be large bare patches.
Its really quite amazing how much bulk the plants in the border have put on after just a few days of rain. The crocosmia (‘Lucifer’) in the back right looks enormous, and the echinacea has put on so much height and bulk I am beginning to fear that it will look out of scale. On the other hand, I am really happy with the way the deep blue-purple of the Geranium magnificum (bottom left) echoes the colour of the nepeta and the irises. I really must be brave this year and cut the geranium and the nepeta back hard after they finish flowering to try and get another flush. I generally chicken out!
So, thats it for another month – thanks to Helen@Patient Gardener for hosting the EOMV meme. Pop over to her blog and see what other people’s gardens are looking like right now. Better yet, join in!