Saturday, May 14, 2011

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: May

May garden flowersIt’s May's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and since most of you today will be busy blog hopping and time is precious I’ve decided just to show my favourite plants from one small area of the garden. Last year I had just redesigned this featured border and I’m delighted to see how well all of the plants have settled into their new homes.  I really like the shades of orange, red, yellow, green and burgundy that grow in this border and 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.

The Blooms

salmon coloured Azalea mollis
Azalea mollis
This is a lost label Azalea mollis which has been in the garden for 8 years – 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.

Heuchera 'Spotlight' flowers
Heuchera 'Spotlight'
There are many heucheras in this border and this one is called 'Spotlight'. The flowers are just starting to bloom and 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.

Potentilla fruiticosa 'Red Ace' flowers
Potentilla fruiticosa 'Red Ace'
Alongside the Heuchera  'Spotlight'  grows Potentilla fruticosa 'Red Ace' which is a small compact shrub that now will be in flower until November with its vermilion red flowers.

Euphorbia polychroma flowers
Euphorbia polychroma
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. 

Iris pumila flowers
Iris pumila
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.

Laburnum x watereri 'Vossii' flowers
Laburnum x watereri 'Vossii' : photo taken 13th May -  Hellebores  and Narcissi  are fading while a large sweeping drift of Geranium 'Johnston's Blue' is just begining  to flower.

Just as the Ballerina tulips fade The Laburnum tree will now be the main focus of this border for the next few weeks. It certainly is well described as the golden rain tree and its display just gets better every year.
Poached Egg flowers  Limanthes douglassi
Poached Egg flowers / Limanthes douglassi
The Limanthes douglasii is a native flower for many of you and it could become a weed here in the garden if I wasn’t ruthless with its offspring.  It grows in an area that is baked by the summer sun and where the soil isn’t so good next to the boundary with the public footpath.  In the background is another tough plant for those conditions - the variegated Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald gaiety ‘n gold'. 
Bee-Fly Bombylius major at rest on a Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'
Bee Fly / Bombylius major at rest on a Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'
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 - a little insect I've never seen before in my garden.  It was totally oblivious to me and my lens and he/she just clung upside down resting on the leaves.  The bee fly has a long proboscis for drinking nectar from deep flowers like primroses and violets. (see related links at end of this post for further Bee-Fly photos)


Orange Scented Ballerina Tulips
Scented Ballerina Tulips
Orange seems to have been a theme here this week though with all the downtime on blogger I'm not sure if you missed my earlier posts of the week.  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 and found some belonging to the Orange tip butterfly whose larvae are famed for their cannibalistic tendencies.

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Oh just before I forget - keep an eye out in the coming days for pictures of  a sea of blue wildflowers as I've just spent all afternoon taking photographs and video footage in amongst thousands of our Scottish native bluebells in our local wood....... and oh what a scent! 

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  1. Hi Rosie, Your flowers pop and your landscape is just heavenly! Thanks for sharing. If only you could share the scent as well... I guess the little bee must be that furry because of the cool weather.

  2. Such a beautiful border, Rosie. The plant combinations are stunning and that Laburnum is just exquisite draping over the top of all those beautiful plants.

    It was lovely to see Heuchera flowers featured for a change. They seem to be so overlooked and are quite lovely in their own right, although the foliage I spotted in the background is certainly terrific. Loved that strange looking Bee Fly!

    I've so enjoyed my look at this spot in your garden today.

  3. Gorgeous photos and garden shots. I so wish I had a laburnum. Love your macros too.

  4. The photo with the laburnum is magical... an excellent post! L

  5. Dear Rosie, Love your choice of blooms for this post. Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. P. x

  6. Lovely flowers . Your pictures are very good.

  7. Love the combination of colours and blooms in your garden. The laburnum makes it look all the more spectacular. I also love the bee fly shot. Superb!! Also your macros have inspired me to spend more time outside with close shots!;)

  8. I love what you've done in this bed and the individual blooms are all gorgeous!

  9. Dear Rosie,
    what a nice and colourful post!
    You´ve made a good job to arrange the flowers like that! And what a brilliant picture of the beefly!!!
    Thank you for partizipating GBBT!
    Wish you a wonderful sunday!

  10. Dear Rosie, thanks for your comment on my post. I took the word of a local for calling the flower Azelia- it may not be azelia at all , as I am unfamiliar with that flower.

  11. The border looks beautiful Rosie, a glorious celebration of colour, and has some clever combinations. So glad your 'Forest Pansy' came back from apparent death, it is a wonderful plant. 'Ballerina' is my favourite tulip.

  12. The photo with the golden chain tree is just spectacular: incredible use of color.

  13. First of all thank you for you christian witness, it was delightful to read your inspired words.

    The photos are spectacular. The bee photo especially.

    Ephesians 1:18

  14. I love that area of your garden Rosie and your photography is exquisite. Great shot of the bee fly, cant say that I have seen it in our garden. The extra long yellow pendulous flowers of Vosii are a real treat.

  15. Oh, that laburnum tree! Took my breath away - that whole area is gorgeous!

  16. That Golden Chain Tree is breathtaking! It adds so much to the plants and flowers below as if it is introducting them all....very nice! Happy GBBD Day!

  17. These are some beautiful flowers! WOW! What a gorgeous garden. I love the colors.

  18. Your garden is beautiful Rosie. I've never seed a rain, Laburnum, tree. I too have a packet of Limanthes douglasii seeds, I'm going to sow in another week or so when the soil warms. I hope they self seed.

  19. Your photos are beautiful, especially the wide shot of your garden.

  20. Thank you for such incredible photos - glad I found your blog! Winter was brutal here, too. Seeing plants emerge with new growth for us was so amazing, a testament to many things we have no control over...

  21. Rosie, your Laburnum looks wonderful, like a golden waterfall. I've never heard Limnanthes called the poached egg flower before. Here we call it Douglas' Meadowfoam. It is native here, but like some of our other natives, they can get out of hand in other areas. I think our California poppies have a tendency to run amok outside of their native range too.

  22. Your photographs are breathtaking. I am so glad I found your blog and am in awe over your blooms. Just beautiful!

  23. Love it! So glad you are not afraid to use oranges. You combine them so well! I love what I saw. And the laburnum...breath-taking.

    So glad to have found a kindred spirit.
    Thanks for sharing your garden,

  24. Hello Rosie, i am always awed with your photos, and envy your lens. I should have a lens with f1.8 or f2 to get those DOF. And your laburnum is wonderful, our golden shower which i posted the other day is sometimes called laburnum because of the habit and color. It is our tropical laburnum i should say, haha! Rosie, your son's wedding is in June isnt it, much ready?

  25. I enjoyed your May blooms Rosie. Glad to hear that your cercis had just been pulling your leg.

  26. Hi Rosie, My daughter is getting married June 7th 2014. What can /should I be doing now ,to ensure my garden /pots etc. look there best and full of colour for her big day.

  27. Hi Olga Bryant Firstly I'd need to know which part of the world you live in if you what specific plants :)

    I'd buy some allium bulbs now as they flower late May early June.

    If it's annuals for containers then I'd suggest that you choose a colour scheme and then visit your local garden centre/nursery a few weeks beforehand. Here in the northern hemisphere summer annuals are just starting to flower at that time of year while lots of the spring plants are getting quite tired. Garden centres/nurseries will certainly have many impulse colourful plants in larger sizes by then that you could plant up. Feed them with a potash feed to encourage more flowers and keep deadheading.

    For the rest of the garden I'd suggest feeding the lawn in early May. I'd use a product that doesn't scorch the grass if you put too much on my mistake (you'd need to email me for a product name as I don't advertise on here). I'd also make sure that the border edges were nicely shaped and kept trimmed.

    Hope that helps alittle Olga.


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