May Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

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There’s one requirement this garden of mine needs just now – shadows! That’s a strange request you might be saying to yourself – well if I had some shadows then that would probably mean that there’s a  clear blue sky above me (yes you can still have those irrespective of volcanic dust) some glorious sunshine to go along with it and a little more heat  – have you any going spare?
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The photo below was taken on one of those rare occasions this week when shadows did appear for a short time.
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Irrespective of our inclement  Scottish weather it hasn’t affected the blooms too much here rather the gardener!   So get your coats and jackets on as you’ll need them and come with me on a little showcase of blooms ………….
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Spring Pansy Flowers in containers
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I have 9 black ceramic pots planted like this at the front with cheerful looking little pansy blooms.
Some of you already know that the garden is full of tulips just now so I haven’t included those pictures  – but you can view them here.
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The garden has many Wallflowers in bloom – though some never made it through the winter.
wallflower blooms
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daffodils  daffodils
Surprisingly there are still some daffodils in the garden and Bridal Crown is always the last to bloom (right).

It has the most intense scent.

I’m not sure what the names of the two above are as I planted these nearly 9 years ago as a bulb mixture.

daffodils
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I love Berberis/Barberry and most would refer to this shrub as just being a foliage plant – but just now it has tiny little flowers which you can see better in macro.  I have many different types of Berberis but here are 2 of them.
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Berberis Admiration

Berberis Admiration
Berberis Golden Rocket

Berberis Golden Rocket
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Some yellows and sulphur greens……….
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Kerria japonica

Kerria japonica
Dwarf Forsthysia

Dwarf Forsthysia Ranunculus ficaria

         Ranunculus ficaria
Euphorbia polychroma

Euphorbia polychroma
Caltha palustris in the pond

Caltha palustris in the pond
Euphorbia martini

Euphorbia martini
Double Primrose

Double Primrose
Mahonia aquifolium

Mahonia aquifolium
Alpine Potentilla

Alpine Potentilla
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some blues and purples…………
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Dwarf Azalea

Dwarf Azalea
Viola odorata Freckles

Viola odorata Freckles
Vinca variegata

Vinca variegata
Pulsatilla vulgaris

Pulsatilla vulgaris (plus white elsewhere)
Laythrus vernus / Spring PeaLaythrus vernus / Spring Pea Primula denticulata

Primula denticulata
Aubretia

Aubretia (pink, red and purple ones)
Omphalodes cappadocica

Omphalodes cappadocica
Brunnera

Brunnera
Anemone blanda

Anemone blanda
Clematis macropetala Blue Bird

Clematis macropetala Blue Bird
Nepeta

Nepeta
Forget me nots

Forget me nots
Ajuga

Ajuga
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some pinks and whites…………
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Bergenia

Bergenia
Camelia Donation

Camelia Donation
Wood Anemone

Wood Anemone
Cherry Tree Blossom

Cherry Tree Blossom
Amelanchier Obelisk Tree Blossom

Amelanchier Obelisk Tree Blossom
Weeping Pear Tree Blossom

      Weeping Pear Tree Blossom
Saxifraga

Saxifraga
Oxalis

Oxalis
Leucothoe

Leucothoe
Solomons Seal

Solomons Seal
Dicentra Alba

Dicentra Alba
Dicentra Pink

Dicentra  Pink
Spirea aguta

Spirea aguta
Fritillaria meleagris

Fritillaria meleagris
Malus Profusion Tree Blossom

Malus Profusion Tree Blossom
Skimmia
Skimmia 
Chaenomeles Geisha Girl

Chaenomeles Geisha Girl
Sorbus reducta Tree Blossom

Sorbus reducta Tree Blossom
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There are still some things in flower that featured in last months post – like the Pulmonarias, Muscari bulbs, Scilla bulbs,  Primroses, pink and white Erica Heather, Doronicum, white Pulsatilla and the fading hellebores. There are other blooms in the garden just now which I will be featuring in separate posts in the next week or so.
Rosie Nixon
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Rosie is based in Perth, Perthshire as a garden photographer, writer and nature lover. She enjoys soaking up nature in her own garden and is easily distracted from doing the weeding by anything that flutters, flies, buzzes, creeps or crawls! She enjoys sharing the beauty of creation through her photography. Rosie has been featured on TV on BBC2's The Beechgrove Garden and she uses the Scottish outdoors as her natural light studio. Her work can be seen at the only photographic gallery in Scotland - Close Gallery, 4b Howe Street, Edinburgh.

43 Responses

  1. Bernie

    I had a fabulous time strolling around your garden … what beautiful flowers you have blooming right now. The Berberis was so pretty … loved the Double Primrose … adored the Weeping Pear Tree blossom! So many beauties.

    Wish I could send over some of our lovely sunshine … it's just wonderful after the long period of showers we've had. Keeping my fingers crossed that sun will come out soon!

  2. Antique ART Garden

    Wow, very beautiful…and another gardener I see who knows all the proper names for their flowers, UNLIKE ME who needs my little plastic tabs to tell me ! Thanks for sharing, Gina

  3. kilbournegrove

    Rosie, that picture of the primula denticulata made me stop and try to count how many plants there were. I bought one on the "remainder" shelf last fall, it is blooming this year, (white), but that lilac blue of yours is gorgeous. Is it a named variety?

  4. NellJean

    What lovely blossoms you have at this time of year to share.

    There's plenty of sunshine here in the sunny Southern US. Hard to ship, though.

    I can suggest shadows without sunshine, though. Use dark leaved plants like 'Black Magic' elephant ears or a shrub with a dark leaf. Even 'Queen of Night' tulips and those dark little Violas of different names make a shadow-like visual for the garden.

    Happy Bloom Day.

  5. Ami

    Oh, boy,Rosie! Your garden is just amazing! and when I was scrolling through the pictures, I keep changing the favorites, and it turns out that I love them ALL! I always lvoe purple and blue in the garden, your collection is so gorgeous. That Bridal Crown daffodils looks so scrumptious! And the berberry blooms are real pretty…. Thanks for the eye candies, now I need to start my Friday working day. Yay, weekend is coming!

    Have a good weekend!

  6. Ami

    Forgot to mention that I love those black ceramic pots at the front very much! Very elegant, and perfect base for those bright colored flowers!

  7. Floridagirl

    I think I'll pass on the coat and jacket, as your garden walk would be a bit refreshing for us in the valley right now. We've had temps in the low- to mid-90's since April, with little cloud cover and no rain. I'm so looking forward to the June rains.

    Anyway, those are lovely flowers. I especially love that blue azalea. I've never seen that color in an azalea! And the fritillaria and bleeding hearts are beautiful! So many exotic plants to us Zone 9 gardeners.

  8. AaronVFT

    Your garden is so wonderful! The variety, colour, shape, and size of the plants are gorgeous.

  9. leavesnbloom

    @kilbournegrove Hi Deborah I got those about 8 years ago at a little school sale and they had been out of someones garden so no particular name – I think I got about 6 plants and they have spread and spread – I have clumps elsewhere aswell. I didn't get them all in that photo either. They spread by root cuttings too so you should get loads in the future. Thanks for visiting

  10. leavesnbloom

    @NellJean Hi Nell Jean thanks for the suggestion – I do have quite a few dark leafed plants in the garden like berberis, cotinus, acer, heucheras and mungo grass – never thought of them as a shadow alternative though – thanks for the inspiration and thank you for visiting today too.

  11. leavesnbloom

    @Ami thanks Ami glad I gave you some calorie free candy. The pots were bought in the sales after Christmas half price – a great bargain. The window sills are painted black so they tie in with those – and they really do show off the blooms well. Thanks for visiting today.

  12. leavesnbloom

    @Floridagirl FG I would be wilting even in the shade in those conditions. Its only when you start blogging and seeing what others have in your own garden you start to appreciate what you have. I would never have thought of my dicentra being exotic – its a nice thought! thanks for visiting today.

  13. leavesnbloom

    @AaronVFT Hi Aaron thanks for visting and bringing some sunshine my way too from Malaysia aswell. Some of the photos are in macro as I just love closeups.

  14. Amy

    What pretty blooms! I like your black containers by your front door! It has been rainy here this week, too. It is amazing to see the changes that occur after some rain. Pretty post, Rosie!

  15. leavesnbloom

    Does anyone know if there even is a GBBD post this month – no Mr Linky is up on Carol's site?

  16. Noelle

    Oh goodness…

    You have so many plants in bloom. So many are unfamiliar to my eyes, yet I love how beautiful they are 🙂

    I believe GBBD is on the 15th of each month and Mr. Linky should be up then 🙂

  17. jodi (bloomingwriter)

    Wow…it took forever to load this page, but it was worth the wait. What a blissfully happy garden. I think I'll go outside now and commune with the bees in mine. 🙂

  18. leavesnbloom

    @Noellelol I must be getting old Noelle I was sure it was the 14th and that 15th was Foliage Followup – well I'm an early bird this month again then.

  19. leavesnbloom

    @jodi (bloomingwriter) Oh Jodi I was afraid it would be to some folk. I checked mine earlier and it was fine but it won't be at the weekend with my speed dropping at peak times.

    I'm glad you enjoyed the stroll. I love having a concise GBBD each month as its a great way of recording whats in bloom and to check back on it in future years. So glad you could get over and visit me – I've missed your visits but was so aware of your busy schedule just now and getting that book written for the publishers. Have a lovely weekend.

  20. leavesnbloom

    @Amy the weather has been dreadful – I'm heading out to garden this evening – there's a little sun but a cold wind. I love those black ceramics aswell. Have a lovely weekend and thanks for visiting.

  21. Hocking Hills Gardener

    OMG, Rosie. I am gobsmacked at all of the flowers in your garden. So many pretty yellows. I love all your Wallflowers. I need to get seeds for some of those.
    What a wonderful display of images. It was well worth it LOL!

  22. maiaT

    You have many beautiful flowers in your garden Rosie, it was a pleasure watching all these photos.
    This is an amazing post, a real flower guide. I apologize, for being practical but it was of a great help to identify some of my flowers.
    Have a great weekend!

  23. leavesnbloom

    @Hocking Hills Gardener Lona the wallflowers are so easy to grow from seed but they hate being grown in multipurpose compost – good old plain earth is their favourite. I need to start sowing wallflower seeds for next year soon too.

  24. leavesnbloom

    @maiaTGlad I could help you out Maia – your blooms are probably a little more ahead of mine in Romania as you get alot warmer at this time of year than us. Have a lovely weekend 🙂 Rosie

  25. Curbstone Valley Farm

    A wonderful stroll Rosie. Goodness, you'd never guess you were lacking for sunshine, your garden is blooming in spite of the weather. Wish we could send some sunshine your way though. I absolutely love your Viola odorata 'freckles', it's adorable!

  26. Gail

    You mind reader you! I was so wanting to know the names of the berberis we saw while in the UK and the wallflowers. Thank you! I adore native plants but after the Malvern trip I may be adding a few exotics! Your garden must be a joy to visit everyday. Thank you for the tour and all the plant ideas! gail

  27. Gardening in a Sandbox

    I enjoyed the tour through your garden. You have many beautiful plants that you have documented so well. I love the black pots. It makes the plants so classy. Valerie

  28. Oz Girl

    I enjoyed the stroll through your garden, the blooms are oh-so-beautiful! We are misty and drizzly today, so I've been doing a little blog catch-up, which works out rather well. 🙂

    But I think the afternoon is beginning to clear, so I'm heading outside to do some more spring flower planting! I have new beds to plant, and I've been very itcy to get to them.

    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

  29. A Garden of Threads

    Thank you for the lovely tour of what's blooming in your garden. The rainy weather was worth the journey. You have a stunning garden. Take care:)

  30. Gloria

    Hi Rosie – lovely blooms. I've never seen some of the varieties of wallflower that you show. Very nice post, I so enjoyed it.

  31. Carol

    Brava! Rosie! What a great post. I love how you have it laid out in colors and so informative… with all the names of plants. I wish I could have that many planters with pansies… it seems the slugs just wipe me out… I did not plant any this year. Your flowers and photos of them are just beautiful. I hope it warms up for you.

  32. Jess

    Oh, I know the gloom can get ya, but it is helping to make your garden bountiful. Its lovely to look at and even more so because many of these things can't actually make it very well where I live (in a place that gets too much sun!!!) We are about to enter the baking hot, kill everything in sight 'no grow zone' months.

    It actually rained today here for the first time in a long while though, and I felt like a rat trapped in a cage because I couldn't go outside. So honestly, I'm not one to talk 🙂

  33. camissonia

    Rosie, what an absolutely stunning array of flowers you have in your garden! My faves are the Viola odorata Freckles, Brunnera, and Dicentras. I can't wait to see more!

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