It’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.
|Potentilla fruiticosa 'Red Ace'|
|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|
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'|
|Scented Ballerina Tulips|
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.
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!
I've also just written an extensive post for Nature Blog Network on plagiarism and copyright.
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