What’s in bloom in May I hear you ask? Looking out at my garden it seems to be more like an April garden. It feels it too with that incessant cold wind! I delayed the hardy annual seed sowing until the beginning of May as April was the coldest month since 1986 here in Perthshire.
The daffodils and tulips are still in flower and the garden looks so different compared to May 2012, May 2011 and May 2010. I’ve had one sighting of the Orange tip butterflies. While on the few occasions when it’s been warm and sunny the bee flies have been darting around the garden at warp speed.
What’s in bloom in May in my garden?
There are sunny yellow daisy flowers from the Doronicum orientale ‘Leonardo’. It’s one of the woodland plants that will go dormant and completely disappear during the summer months. It’s good to grow along side late flowering herbaceous perennials and the first of the hoverflies are enjoying its nectar. A much larger and native Giant Leopards Bane grows wild nearby.
Another yellow flower that seems to have been in flower for months is the very hardy cowslip Primula veris ‘Cabrillo’. In fact this one can cope with a little bit more sunshine than the native Primula veris.
There’s also Spurge – Euphorbia polychroma. It has neat cushions of sulphur yellow and green from the tiny flowers bracts and it grows alongside my Ballerina Orange tulips.
…more herbaceous plants
The Spring Peas – Lathyrus vernus have been in flower for weeks with their purple flowers. Indeed this year I finally managed to source the pink cultivar Lathyrus vernus ‘Alboroseus’. Moreover I’ll be collecting the seeds from this one as it’s such a beautiful addition to the spring garden!
Epimedium rubrum is sending out loads of little tiny blooms on wirey stems. I had to use extension rods on the camera lens to get a close up image like the one below.
Nearby the Siberian Bugloss – Brunnera macrophylla, Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ and Brunnera macrophylla ‘ Looking Glass’ are all in bloom. They have tiny wedgewood blue sprays of flowers. In fact I wrote about them a few days ago and shared some high key photographs of them. Let’s Meet the Family – it’s Portrait Time!
The white pulsatilla flowers are nearly over but there are still purple and red ones in flower. I’ve let these plants seed around the garden and quite a few colonies are developing.
What’s in bloom in May?
…well there’s also the cherry blossom.
After a two year hiatus it finally has started to bloom again floriferously . Those really bad winters in 2010/11 really took their toil on this small cherry shrub and only for it’s amazing autumnal colours I would have been saying my final farewells. It’s still as popular as ever with the birds and we even had had a pigeon nesting in the densely packed branches last year.
All is forgiven Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’!
Bulbs in Flower
There are lots of bulbs in flower at the moment like the daffodils, tulips, scillia, muscari and ranunculus. There also are snakes head fritillary in bloom along with Muscari latifolium which was newly planted last autumn.
Lilac purple blooms from the Primula denticulata are looking their best just at the moment down at Muddy Boots Corner. Likewise there are the many shades of the Primula auricula’s in the scree beds.
Changes Made to the Garden Design
I’ve too many photos to share of what’s in bloom in May. But for my final photograph I wanted to let you see how the back garden has changed during the past few weeks.
I’ve more photos to share in a few days time that will show more wider views of the garden. If you click on last months What’s in bloom in April you’ll be able to compare the views.
You’ll see that two of the blue arches are gone and I’ve taken the turf away. I made a new wider path which later in the season will be covered in bark. For now it’s being left as it is as.
Besides I’ve sowed random drifts of wild flowers along the path. The seeds have now germinated so I’ll be looking forward to seeing what comes into bloom.
Finally there’s a very important flower that’s about to bloom this week – Amorphophallus titanum – Titan Arum. It’s the biggest flower in the world. The Eden Project in Cornwall, England have a live webcam page that updates every minute. No one is going to miss the special event!
Hello Rosie, it's amazing that April is the coldest in the country which is No. 1 in my wishlist to visit. On the contrary, it is the hottest month in the country where i live in this lifetime. It's now past half of May and at last we got the first rains, that largely diminish the icky-hot feeling outside the buildings.
I love all your flowers, but i like most that wide angle shot of your garden. In my case, i posted contrasting status of plants for April and May.
Rosie you have alot of blooms right now don't you! I love the garden view photo though it kinda puts a perspective on it all.
Nothing blooming here except the daffs and the Iris in the polytunnel – can't wait for summer!
Mark and Gaz
Hi Rosie, good to see the progress of your garden, it's coming along nicely. And how true how everything seems to be delayed or set back this year courtesy of the cold March and April. Forsythia bloomed here in early May when normally it does so in March.
Lovely photos and blooms, especially the Euphorbia!
Love the path!
I love that comparison! What a difference a month makes. Epimediums could be my favorite…wait, no, the forget-me-nots…no, the …I guess it depends what I am looking at in the moment. Love your blooms and love your garden.
Melanie J Watts
Love that view of your back garden. Isn't funny how as our gardens grow we eliminate more and more lawn 🙂
Summer comes in slowly this year. A nice set of spring flowers you have there. Love the photos – I really must try more wide open low key effects rather than always stopping down for maximum DOF.
Hi, I found you through GBBD, nice garden you have, and nice spring flowers, many of which I grow or have grown in my own garden. I like your new layout for the garden, in my own garden the lawn ended up smaller and smaller and finally I took away the last bit in autumn 2011. That was the best thing I ever did! So much more space for even more plants 🙂
Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. You've got such a lot going on in your garden at the moment. Some things are really late this year, my dicentra is only just starting to flower and the lilac tree, which usually blooms much earlier, hasn't even started to flower yet. The daffodils seemed to last much longer this year, though they're starting to go over now.
Your May is divine… you have some precious little jewels blooming in your garden.
Rosie – as usual perfect photography!
Our gardens are at a similar stage still and yes, very much like April. We also have very similar plants going on in our gardens – well suited to the Scottish climate!!
Epimedium rubrum is my favourite plant blooming right now – although it's foliage has now taken on the red tinge – I love it at this stage.
I grew Muscari latifolium for the first time this year too – I'm quite impressed with it.
So many wonderful plants! I have a couple pink lathyrus and totally appreciate them. My purple ones have created dozens of new plants and I cherish them all! A January rain followed by extreme freeze is suspect in my epimediums demise… I just finished replacing a goodly number of them today. Great post! Larry
That image of the Pulsatilla is gorgeous…just love it…and those checkered Fritillaria are so very charming…Happy Bloom Day!
Marianne Skov Jensen
Wonderful images, Rosie!
Hi Rosie, just found your blog via Alistair. I love that euphorbia… I must look out for it.
HI Rosie: Have to admit I have been a little lax lately about following and replying to blogs. All I have to say is I love your Photos, you and your blog and Facebook posts. I do read all of your posts but have not been replying to many of them. Keep it up i am sure many readers enjoy your posts.
Have a wonderful day,
It is looking very colourful despite the cold spring! You've certainly packed a lot into a small space here and I've been searching in the last photo for your kale…. is it flowering yet? 🙂