I am a day late I’m afraid, for Helen‘s End of the Month View, but here is my view of the garden on the 1st of May.
Here we are standing with our back to the house and I’d like to take you for a stroll round. To the right of us is the weeping pear tree which I keep shaped. Under it there are snowdrops in winter, red tulips in early Spring and in late Summer I grow white Impatiens .
To the right, under the Prunus ‘Pink Knickers’ there is the little pond round which I always have pots of seasonal plants to protect the fish from the heron who patrols every morning.
The Acer is planted here and there is a bog garden which I will show you later this month when it will be looking its best.
The bed in front of the wall is a shady bed for winter and spring interest.
Along a bit to the gate which I designed for a previous garden and had made up by a local blacksmith. I had to have the gap in the wall made a bit bigger to accommodate it. On the left is a Skimmia with Azara serrata behind which I grew from a cutting. To the right there is my Azara microphylla with a golden Philadelphus in front.
If we walk through it we can see the view from the other side.
The tree is a greengage tree. If we look down from here, we can see the greenhouse where all my seedlings and cuttings live. One day I will tidy it up a bit so that I can show you inside.
If you look the other way there are two very old apple trees which have lovely mossy bark.
I will let you have a peep in the other greenhouse because I use it to display whatever is looking good at the moment.
If we carried on the path here it would take us past the old stables which I use as sheds and then on to the old pond and eventually to my new winter garden. This path is in need of a tidy up, so for today we will go round the other way.
The Camassias are putting on their all too brief appearance. The yellow flowers are Euphorbia robbiae which is very invasive but quite jolly in spring.
I have the tree peony, Paeonia gansu here which I grew from seed 7 or 8 years ago. Last year it had its first flower. This year there are 4 buds.
We had better retrace our steps a bit because I haven’t shown you the bed in front of the wall, the other side from the old apple trees.
Erythroniums do well here. The lilac flower is Lunaria rediviva. The tree to the left is a mulberry and the yellow rose ‘Canary Bird’ is just coming into flower. At the back of this bed there is an old brick path; it is overgrown with self-seeded Angelica at the moment, but one day I will clear it up. The Uvularia in the next picture is a dainty little thing, but I saw a much bigger, darker yellow one in Beth Chatto’s garden last week, called Uvularia grandiflora. My Uvularia is growing with white Dicentra, (I know, I know, it’s not called that any more, but you know what I mean.) The deep blue is Omphalodes verna.
If we carry on our journey down the garden, we come to the Wisteria which I am trying to train as a standard. It is grown from a layered piece of the one in my previous garden.
The tired looking Lavender is part of the Lavender ‘Hidcote’ hedge which I have planted all round the terrace in front of the summerhouse. I haven’t pruned it well enough, so this year I will take cuttings and start again. If we carry on down the garden there is my new winter garden on the right, but you have seen enough of that lately. The daffodils have finished blooming in the orchard but the buttercups are in bloom and the apple and pear blossom are out. Soon there will be a froth of cow parsley behind these trees.
In my vegetable raised beds there is chard, potatoes and broad beans. Next year I will be able to start cutting the asparagus. My scarecrow is still in hibernation in the shed.
This is turning out to be such a long post, so let’s hurry back down towards the house, past the summerhouse which is looking very shabby, but it is going to be painted next month, so I will show you this area then.
In the long bed Acer brilliantissimum is looking fabulous. The Amelanchier next to it has finished flowering but it is getting its new bronze leaves. Behind is a Whitebeam, Sorbus aria and to the other side is Malus ‘Golden Hornet’
My other seed grown Paeonia Gansu is also in bud here. This one has shell pink flowers.
Last year I saw tulips growing amongst Tellima grandiflora and as I have a drift of this, I thought I would put tulips here.
Persil-white Exorchorda x macrantha ‘The Bride’ is such a lovely plant. It looks great with blue Omphalodes verna.
I like to have white brightening up the shade and the white variegated Honesty, Lunaria annua ‘Alba variegata’ is perfect for this, along with the viridiflora tulip ‘Spring green’
I will finish this long post now and save some other areas for another time. I hope you have enjoyed the stroll round my garden. Thank you to Helen, the Patient Gardener for hosting this meme.