Helen over at the Patientgardener blog hosts this popular End of Month View meme where we can get glimpses of other gardens and assess the progress of our own from month to month. You can show the same part of the garden from month to month or different parts which maybe we haven’t seen before. I have never shown the damp shady bed which runs alongside my wall. Here ferns and Angelica archangelica flourish and grow tall. There is an old brick path running along here which one day I will clear.
This plant with a prickly stem is growing here and for the moment I can’t recall the name. I would go and check but it is raining. In any case the label is probably long gone. It’s not a Kalopanax is it? Can anyone help me? I’ll probably remember in the middle of the night.
Usually when I show you the garden I forget to look up as well as down, but you can’t miss the lovely foliage of Acer drummondii like a golden roof over this part of the garden. I think it looks lovely with Rosa ‘Canary Bird’ which is going over now, I took this a few days ago when the sun was shining. Somebody needs to shin up the tree and remove the branches with green leaves which have lost the variegation or they will take over. Not me though. And not the Pianist who broke a finger, tripping over whilst buying some compost for me. I daren’t risk any more gardening- related accidents.
You can just see the top of the summer house in this photo. Well now it is transformed inside and out. I was inspired by Helen to paint the dirty white a colour which is called Wild Thyme. Helen’s shed is rejuvenated and the natural wood looks wonderful. The wood on my summer house needs to be decently covered because it is showing its age. I have just noticed the die-back on my Cotinus on this photo. Does anybody else have this problem? I have noticed it happens with all of my Cotinus. The rose is Rosa hugonis which always blooms in May.
Annette asked if you could have a peep inside the other day so here it is, all freshened up with buttermilk paint and with a rag rug hiding the manky green carpet which has been shampooed.
Right next to the summer house my giant lily, Cardiocrinum giganteum is growing very tall. I am looking forward to the flowers. I have had this lily for years but the bulb breaks up after flowering and you have to wait 4 or 5 years for it to bloom again. Really I should buy one or two more so that they would flower at different times and there wouldn’t be such a long wait. Even without the flowers, I love the enormous shiny green leaves. So do slugs and lily beetle of course.
For the end of month view there should be some nice long shots but it is raining and everything looks dull. The May garden needs a bit of sun to make everything sparkle. So I will finish with some flowers which are delighting me despite the rain.
Iris sibirica ‘Osborne’s Grey’ is rather rare, I am looking after it for Suffolk Plant Heritage. It is clumping up nicely and I love its delicate colour. It is not really grey at all; more silver. Incidentally the Red Campion was sold to me as a very special one called Silene ‘Rollies Favourite’. They must have seen me coming. It looks just like the Red Campion which is everywhere in my garden. And I paid for it. Serves me right. I should have been suspicious of a plant with such an ungrammatical name. Who is Rolly, I’d like to know and how many Rollies were there and why is there no apostrophe?
As it is such a drippy day, here are some views of my ponds. First the steps going down to the far pond. I don’t know why there are steps there, I can’t imagine anyone wanting to take a dip here.
Round the little pond near the house, there are some pretty things in the bog garden.
I love the delicate cream colour of Trollius ‘Alabaster’. It is growing with the yellow pompoms of Ranunculus acris ‘Flore Pleno’.
Round by the Acer there is a lovely white flowered Ranunculus aconitifolius ‘Pleniflorus’. It is growing with primulas, Osmunda regalis and Geum ‘Flames of Passion’ which is such a lovely colour.
I would like to show you more but it will have to wait for another day. As the rain shows no sign of letting up I can’t take any more photos. So I will finish with a glimpse into the far greenhouse where my red Epiphyllum has finished blooming but this yellow one is looking beautiful and creating a bit of sunshine all of its own.
Thank you Helen for hosting. If you go over there you will see her end of month post and find nice sparkly photos that that she and other people had the foresight to take before the rain started.