Thursday, 19 May 2016

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - May 2016

From the frost, snow, hail and sleet of April to soaring temperatures and sun in the first week or so of May. It has been lovely to shed layers and enjoy being outside. The plants are benefiting too, from being frozen and sitting in suspended animation they are stretching, leafing out and producing flowers and buds a plenty. Here are a few of my favourites out in the home garden this month.

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Anemone trulifola, perfect for an alpine trough or well drained site in sun

Cardamine heptaphylla, a tall white species for shady corners with dark foliage

A lovely purple parrot tulip

Epimedium 'Pink Elf', I love Epimediums, this newer variety
is very triking

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Lilafee', small and ideal for an alpine trough this
purple flowered variety is well worth growing

Epimedium pinnatum ssp. Colchicum and it's fantastic foliage in spring and again in autumn,
add in the yellow flowers and it is a winner for shady spots in the garden

Epimedium pinnatum ssp. Colchicum

Erythronium 'Pagoda', the delicate flowers become more numerous as the plant matures

Erythronium 'Pagoda', every year I get a few more flowers

Euphorbia polychroma, I love the lime green flowers of this Euphotbia and then the
autumn foliage colour

Forget me nots and Bellis pomponette,  splash of colour and a nod to the bedding of my teenage and students days

Geranium phaeum var phaeum 'Samabor', great drk flowers over leves marked with maroon splashes

A lovely pure white Narcissus

A mad over the top Narcissus

Primula auricula 'Helen Ruane'

Rhododendron 'Curlew'

Rhododendron 'Curlew'

The very long living Tulipa 'Apeldoorne Elite', Tulips are notorious for dying out after a few year but
these have been in the garden for over 10 years and flower beautifully every year

The large cherry tree in the back garden

Glorious blossom against the beautiful blue sky

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  1. Beautiful flower photos! I love the little blue anenome and the forget-me-nots. We have geranium phaeum in our garden which I love. Down this way the narcissi are over, and the tulips are past their best too. The cherry blossom blew off the tree a fortnight ago. Everything seems to be rushing ahead at high speed. So lovely to have longer evenings and milder weather. Happy gardening!
    Cathy x

  2. Hi Cathy, thank you :) We have had very mixed weather too but it seems settled for a bit and is even warm and sunny! It is great to have evenings to potter in the garden, even if just an hour, make you feel good :) x

  3. Oh my epimedium wish list has expanded after reading this post Rona and I like the look of that auricula too!

    1. Hi Anna, I do love Epimediums, I don't have enough, something else to aspire to in my next garden!

  4. The flowers are all so pretty, you give me inspiration to get planting in pots for our deck xxxx

    1. Hi Fran, thanks, the colours have been lovely, there is now a lull before the early summer flowerers, I love the idea of your deck garden :) x

  5. A gorgeous selection, I particularly like the blossoms, I've seen them a lot recently!

    1. Hi, thanks, it's great to see lots of colour in the garden now :)