Friday, 22 May 2015

May pictorial.

The weather is only just showing signs of improving here as the temperatures slowly climb but this has been accompanied by rain and my already waterlogged garden is still subject to flooding. The warm early spring weather promoted growth the result was that quite a lot of frost damage was sustained. I have planted up a couple of containers with summer bedding but will leave the bulk till the end of the month just to be on the safe side. This year, because of the number of seeds I have cold sown, I haven't bought any plugs but instead have supported the local scouts with their plant sale picking up a few extras from other local sources.

The tunnel looks a bit of a mess, new seedlings growing on with trays of bedding plants.

In the main border, one of my favourite early flowering herbaceous plants Chaerophyllum hirsutum Roseum

Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' is growing on well but..............

Brunnera macrophylla 'Looking Glass' has only one flower stem.
The first of the big blue poppies in flower, this one is Meconopsis 'Lingholm'

The "woodland" garden.

Galium odoratum  (Sweet woodruff) under the developing leaves of Cardiocrinum giganteum which will not flower this year.

Geranium phaeum 'Samobor' develops very quickly and seeds itself about.

Lamium orvala is very reliable and does not spread the only drawback being that the flowers appear on the stem under the leaves so are not easy to see.

New stuff.
I tried Camassia leichtlinii 'Caerulea' for the first time as the bulbs will stand damp conditions and am quite impressed.

I planted this Paeonia veitchii var. woodwardii, grown from seed, at the back of the border earlier this year as I had it in mind that it was a tall grower like my Paeonia delavyii, unfortunately it isn't having a dwarf habit. The flower was a surprise and I have now had to move it to a better position...........Stupid boy!!!!

Podophyllum hexandrum or the Himalayan Mayapple has quite attractive flowers as well as the striking foliage. This group, from seed, have only just been planted out. sometimes known as "Spotty Dotty" although there is actually a cultivar of this name.

Over-sized rhubarby thing Rheum palmatum tanguticum has beautiful deep red emerging leaves.

Picture not too good as it was taken through the window, although this Jay is a handsome chap he was very unpopular with the other birds. Never had them before.