End of May round up
The garden is still behind where it was last year at this time.
Tulips : seem a distant memory now, but were very colourful.
Tiarella : these were a great success. Very welcome flowers at this time of year. The flowers are just about finishing along with the month.
Ipheion : will be getting some more of these for next year.
Bluebell : there were two that actually looked like the English bluebell all the rest did not. Since most were presumably hybrids, it is likely that the remaining two were also, they just had more of the features of the English variety.
Geranium : I moved one of the pink Geraniums from the back where it got a bit lost to the front. This was a great success as it is now providing a good display. The flowers change from a pale to a dark pink which does not show clearly on the photo. Lily of the valley : got rid of most of this last year, but there is still a patch.
Brunnera : my new Brunnera disappointingly has done nothing so far, with hardly any leaves never mind flowers. The existing ones were great and combined well with the tiarella and a tulip. Clematis : this had very few flowers last year. After it flowered I trimmed away all the dead stems and trained the new ones along the trellis the best I could. Much better display this year.
Lupin : First two lupins have their first flowers.
Choisya : Lots of flowers, unfortunately it is somewhat hidden by the holly.
Pulmonaria : new this year, I was expecting a bit more of a pink/blue combination of the flowers. Bees seemed to like it so thats good.
Geums : the 'Totally tangerine' was pretty much the star of the garden throughout the month. I have three new ones this year and the 'Cosmopolitan' is flowering quite well so far.
Polygonatum : Fewer flowers this year, perhaps this location is not shady enough for it any more.
Aquilegia : there is a very large Aquilegia which has very dark flowers. I don't like it much so it will be going. There were very few other Aquilegia flowers this year in spite of a the number of seedlings growing.
Forget-me-not : These had self seeded just about everywhere and made splashes of blue all around the garden. This were mixed in with the Muscari which worked surprisingly well.
Kerria : This flowered and I didn't take any pictures of it!