Tuesday, 31 May 2011

End of month view for May


Here is the side garden.  The hardy geraniums are blasting away, the peonies are just finishing and the poppies are about to come into flower. 


Come closer and you can see it all surging upward.



And closer still



Out in the field the daffodils are long since over, the apple blossom is gone but the wild flowers in the orchard are coming into flower.

You need to take the path to get in amongst them to see them properly.


This is fox and cubs which I mentioned in an earlier post.


Around them the ox eye daisies are just about to open, late I know to those who live lower down and further south.

A spire of self sown white foxglove pushes up through grasses and plantain.


The cutting garden is still more promise than plenty.  It will be good this year I hope.  Everything in it is timed to be in flower for Ian's birthday on 1st July.  I realise this makes me sound like a Chelsea wannabee and really it will flower whenever it wants to and the weather allows, but that is the hope.  Fingers crossed.


Here is the new bit with the native trees, looking rather empty still despite what feels like weeks of planting things out.  Somewhere in here are fourteen pulmonaria plants, courtesy of Jane, and endless hellebores, courtesy of Sarah Raven, and quite a hot of hardy geraniums from Malvern and from.
splitting up some of what I have elsewhere.  When it gets bigger I will show you.


And here is the kitchen garden.  The small black lump at the bottom of the picture is part of the head of my son and daughter in law's beautiful black labrador, Flora, who is staying for a fortnight.  I do think she deserves a photograph of her own.  I will have to work on that.


This is the kitchen garden looking back to the gate.  The tomatoes are all out in their pots.  We had better not get any frost now.

June is the best month in this garden which is some consolation for the ending of May.  So much happening, so much more to come.

21 comments:

  1. The hardy geraniums are absolute winners, aren't they. Mine will be flowering very soon. Johnson's Blue. are lovely and no trouble at all.
    Your garden looks luscious!
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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  2. I'm getting to know your garden quite well. Looking good!

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  3. How lovely it all looks. But back-breaking work, I know. I'm envious of your wild flowers. I'm very tempted to let my lawn go over to wild flowers as it isn't used for anthing else.

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  4. Much as I'm learning to love all the wildflowers etc (taught by an enthusiastic friend) I love kitchen gardens the best - nothing compares to popping out for some home-grown item for your tea!

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  5. Fingers crossed for the cutting garden ~ all will be revealed no doubt in your next end of month post. I have severe pangs of envy every time I see your kitchen garden!

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  6. It looks like a looooooooooot of work, Elizabeth. I'm impressed that the timing has been planned - it makes me think of fireworks exploding in carefully planned sequences. Hah! This makes me laugh, imagining your garden in time-lapse photography.

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  7. Oh to be mentioned in the same sentence as Sarah Raven! It all looks very healthy. Welsh rain is good for plants, and now the sun has come back to play. Hope it stays for a while.

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  8. Your garden looks so lush and productive.
    We had some gentle rain over the weekend , which has helped everything to grow well here. I am so pleased that it is now in Chelsea fashion to have wild flowers mixed in among the "planned" plantings. My garden has been like that for years!

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  9. Gorgeous garden!
    All you need now is a beautiful summer to enjoy.
    I don't think there is a country on earth as green as Wales.
    Here in Tasmania is close.
    Chrisartist

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  10. Your garden looks lovely - and huge! I love hardy geraniums, they give lovely flowers and no trouble.

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  11. You truly live in a beautiful spot and it is wonderful to see how much you have done to make it even more beautiful. I learn something every time I visit your photographs of it.

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  12. A request . . . um . . . please could the pictures be bigger?

    Esther

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  13. Oh, I'm so pleased to discover the identity of the marigold-like flowers that are creeping round our garden; fox-and-cubs! Thank you!

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  14. This is just my kind of garden. I feel I have failed in my flower garden if there is any soil showing. Hardy geraniums and alchemilla form great clumps - is your pink one Patricia?
    Interestingly that semi wild plant you call fox and cubs we call hen and chickens here.

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  15. I'm very fond of wildflowers and am glad to see yours doing so well. I hope they continue to increase in volume and number. I'd like to see the meadow filled with them. All of your gardens look lovely. It must be a tremendous amount of work.

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  16. Very lovely. But the whole black labrador would have been even better!

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  17. I like your month end posts. Do you keep a list of the wildlife that visits too. I have started doing that and it is interesting to see how it changes with the seasons.

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  18. Ooooooh, those hot pink blooms are gorgeous!

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  19. Maggie - love all hardy geraniums. Ann Folkard is my favourite.
    Cro - I do hope you are not getting bored with it. I do the end of month view posts for myself really, to keep track.
    Hs - I love my wild flowers but would have to admit that it is the most difficult part of the garden to look after and to get right.

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  20. Looking good! Interesting to see how spaces change with the seasons - some become more desirable places to linger while others wait in the wings.

    Our ox eye daisies have been out for about a week.

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  21. It all looks so lush and full. Beautiful!

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