The two bluebells have now flowered and they do not appear to be
English bluebells at all. The flower shape and colour is all wrong
and the flowers are arranged around the upright stalk rather than
being hanging from one side from a drooping flower stalk.
The only things that point towards being English bluebells is
that the leaves are narrow and the pollen is maybe a cream colour
although I am not sure about the last point. Could well be a hybrid
as many bluebells are.
There is one more that has recently started growing a flower so we
shall see how that one turns out.
The orchids are now fully out, and the picture below is of the larger
flower of the two.
I have since seen this orchid in a few places around and about so
it clearly grows wild in this area.
There are now actual chillis growing.
masses of flowers too.
I decided to split this months round up so
see the first part with mainly flowers.
The Muscari have finished and are dying back, apart from a single one that
strangely is still flowering!
The tulips are almost all finished flowering, although there are two
with buds yet to open! Its possible that they never will I suppose.
Also saying goodbye to the Kerria and the Primula flowers.
Here is everything that was in flower during the month. There is a
lot when you write it as a list, although the overall impression
is still one of greenness.
- Kerria japonica
- Choysia - it is kind of impossible to ignore the intense perfume
from these flowers.
- clematis - it was a bit disappointing, just a few flowers.
- lily of the valley - flowering nearly finished now
- Pheasant berry
- Meadow buttercup
- Geranium - the two pink ones and a darker blue/purple …
The plants are now flowering.
The top continues to branch in the same pattern with more buds
being produces all the time.
Although there are beginnings of branches lower down the main
stem, they have not developed further so far.
The flowers are white with six petals.
I'm going to split the end of May round up into two. This first
part is mostly flowers, and the real round up post will be more about
progress, although there may be some flowers there too...
The lily of the valley were out in force. I'm not a big fan
at least for a small garden, but they make a nice picture.
The Polygonatum was also flowering in the same area.
There were a few Aquilegia flowers out, here is
a pink one, there are also blue and white ones out.
The large plant had masses of flowers but they were
a very dark purple, you would almost say black so no
picture of them!
Its funny what you notice in a photo, there seems to be a few greenfly
on the blue one!
Lots of shrubs were in flower. First is one
of the Cotoneasters, the bees love …
Flower buds are forming on the chilli at about 9 weeks.
The main stalk has split into two new stems and a flower
stalk. Each of the two new stems is doing the same - splitting into
two with a flower stalk in between.
I've been trying to identify a mystery plant
since it first appeared in April.
There are two, the first is under The Tree
and the second is by the back door at the very edge
of the paving.
I've looked though loads of pictures and around
the garden centres and not found anything
that was remotely alike.
Now the first flower has opened and suddenly
it seemed like it might be an orchid and this was quickly confirmed
by a search - the leaves are right as well as the flowers.
I wouldn't like to be certain about which exact kind it is but
the first one that looked similar was the northern marsh orchid which
is a good possibility as I am in the North and the ground is a little
damp! But anyway it seems that they are very variable so telling
the different ones apart is difficult. So …