‘ Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colours, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night’. Rainer Maria Rilke.
In May, every day brings new delights in the garden, last week’ s glorious sun and then a bit of rain has worked magic.
Apple blossom is everywhere and is one of the joys of May; my trees are all very old. This one has fallen over at some time in its long life, but is always full of blossom and has large fruit like a sweet Bramley.
I think Quince blossom is even prettier than that of the apple tree. My tree is not very old, but I am hopeful that this year I will have plenty of fragrant quinces.
I have two huge stately Horse Chestnut trees which I would never have planted, but I do enjoy them at this time of the year with their beautiful ‘candles’. In autumn they look terrible when the they are attacked by Bleeding Canker. How odd that they come back as good as new each spring.
When the sky is blue as it is today,the shrub, Abutilon x suntense looks wonderful.
‘My real treasures of early May are my early peonies. Paeonia smouthii is one of the oldest recorded hybrids at over 160 years old. Still, it remains quite rare. It has finely cut leaves and single red flowers which are delicately fragrant.
Paeonia mascula ssp.mascula has leaves similar to those of the more well-known ‘Molly the Witch’, Paeonia mlokosewitschii, but it has cherry red flowers instead of lemon yellow.
This old tree peony never fails to produce its dinner plate pink flowers.
All my irises have plenty of buds and I get so excited waiting for them to open. The first of course, are the dear little dwarf ones.
The Californian hybrids are early flowering too. This next one is Iris ‘Banbury Gem’
Corydalis are early spring treasures, but this one, Corydalis temulifolia ‘Chocolate Stars’ blooms in May. In spring, I think it is at its best with lovely bronze foliage. This loses some of its richness and turns green as the season progresses and it starts to bloom.
Most of the epimediums have finished blooming now and we are enjoying their lovely fresh new leaves. I have a large-flowered late bloomer called Epimedium ‘Amber Queen’ which is still looking good. It is such a gorgeous colour.
To my delight I have found a seedling nearby which is not quite the same but lovely too.
Next to the Corydalis and the Epimedium is Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’. I love its orange flowers in spring.
Another Euphorbia which is delightful at this time of the year is the sunny, yellow litte Euphorbia polychroma.
I grow bergenias for the leaves that turn red in winter so I am always pleasantly surprised by the flowers in spring.
Aquilegias are everywhere in so many different colours. I let them hybridise as I love them all. This dark one is very pretty.
I love geums and there are some pretty new hybrids. My latest is a double apricot seedling from the wonderful nursery, The Beeches, near Saffron Walden. By the way, this is my favourite nursery , it is full of many rare and unusual plants. I am planning to go later this month with Julie who writes the wonderful blog, Peonies and Posies. I had better start saving up.
Little poppies seed themselves everywhere in spring. This orange Papaver rupifragum can become a bit of a nuisance. But it is very pretty.
The yellow Welsh poppies are just as invasive but I let them fight it out with bluebells, Tellima grandiflora, Brunnera and Blupleurum rotundifolium. There are also yellow tulips in this bed which come back every year.
There are still some tulips looking good. Here are a few.
This is getting rather long, I am getting carried away with enthusiasm, so I will stop now and save some blooms for another post.
The popular meme, Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted by Carole at Maydreamgardens. Why don’t you join in and share some of your May blooms with us?