It’s the May Bloom Day. Consequently here are a selection of perennial flowers that you can expect to be in bloom every year. I’ve decided just to show my favourite plants from one small area of the garden this time. (Check out what’s in bloom each month for previous years reports.) Last year I had just redesigned this area and all the plants have settled into their new homes really well. I really like the shades of orange, red, yellow, green and burgundy that grow in this border. Would you believe it if I told you that that’s just the foliage I’m talking about! The border faces north, east and west. But during the summer months is lightly shaded overhead by the Laburnum x watereri Vossii tree.
May Bloom Day
This is a lost label Azalea mollis which has been in the garden for 8 years. However it has no scent unlike the Azalea mollis Luteum which grows in another part of the garden. It’s colouring is nicely complimented by the colourful spring foliage of the Pieris Forest Flame in the background.
This heuchera is called ‘Spotlight’. The flowers are just starting to bloom though insignificant. It loves the lightly shaded conditions here as the leaves will scorch in full sun. You can just about make out it’s chartreuse and red marked leaves in the background.
Alongside the Heuchera Spotlight grows Potentilla fruticosa Red Ace. It’s a small compact shrub that now will be in flower until November with its vermilion red flowers.
Euphorbia polychroma was a new addition to the garden last year. And I bought a few plants for other parts of the garden as well. It’s the acidic coloured bracts rather than the tiny little yellow flowers that make the most impact at this time of year.
The Limanthes douglasii is a native flower for many of you. Though it could become a weed here in the garden if I wasn’t ruthless with its offspring.
The little dwarf Iris pumila flowers are just about over now but I admire their colours and how their falls glisten like gold when the sun shines on them.
Under The Laburnum Tree
|Laburnum x watereri Vossii : photo taken 13th May –|
Just as the Ballerina tulips fade the Laburnum tree will now be the main focus of this border for the next few weeks. At the moment hellebores and daffodils are fading. While a large sweeping drift of Geranium Johnston’s Blue is just beginning to flower.
I thought I had lost my Cercis canadensis Forest Pansy over the winter. But finally some tiny burgundy heart shaped leaves have emerged. I was about to photograph some of them for today’s post when I saw a Bee Fly. The bee fly has a long proboscis for drinking nectar from deep flowers like primroses and violets..
Sadly my Ballerina tulips were fading fast in this border by the time the 15th of the month was approaching. But click on this link too see more pictures of these perennial Ballerina scented tulip bulbs.
I also was out hunting for butterfly eggs on Wednesday. Consequently I found some belonging to the Orange tip butterfly whose larvae are famed for their cannibalistic tendencies.