May seems to be the month when the garden is full of carpets of colour made up of self -seeded plants. The gardener can sit back and enjoy the show without having to do anything at all to create it. I didn’t even have to introduce many of the self-seeders here. Sheets of blue are provided by forgetmenots, camassias, brunnera and bluebells.
The Spanish bluebells in one part of my garden are a strain with enormous flowers which are more like hyacinths.
Yellow looks wonderful with the blue and comes in the form of Welsh poppies, cowslips and acid- yellow Smyrnium perfoliatum .
I did start off with a few plants of Smyrnium perfoliatum a few years ago and now I can just sit back and enjoy them. They always put themselves just in the right place.
The delicate flowers of the Welsh poppy, Meconopsis cambrica seem to find the most charming places to bloom too.
The double orange poppy, Papaver rupifragum comes up everywhere.
Tellima grandiflora has spikes of small green bell shaped flowers and it comes up everywhere but it looks very elegant.
Yellow Archangel is very invasive too but quite useful for shady corners where not much else grows.
And of course, May sees the start of the aquilegias and if you start off with a few packet of seeds in different colours you are never without them.
Honesty runs around everywhere and is always welcome, especially in the white form, or better still the white variegated form. An added bonus is the number of orange tip butterflies it attracts.
The starry white flowers of Star of Bethelehem, Ornithogalum umbellatum put themselves everywhere too and they can become an awful nuisance, but the flowers are very pretty.
Cathy at Rambling in the Garden hosts our Monday meme and today she is sultry and sophisticated. Do go and see.