My Garden in May

For most of May I was wondering what had happened to the weather as it seemed very reluctant to warm up and the swifts/swallows were nowhere to be seen. They were obviously hanging back and not flying to the UK until it heated up a bit. They arrived at last but I’m sure that they were up to two months later than in previous years. We happened to be in Holland when they arrived there and by the time we got back home they were here too, although not in great numbers.
physocarpus and forget-me-nots
When we got back – the garden had exploded into growth! and this week the first rose appeared. It’s a climber called Golden Showers – can you believe? and I’m growing it in a large pot. I had it growing up the front of the old house that we moved from three years ago and when I saw one for sale at the Scottish Garden Show in Edinburgh last summer I decided to buy it again as it has a lovely scent too, something that seems to be difficult to come by nowadays.
yellow rose 1

This dwarf acer dissectum atropurpurea is a great colour and I like it even better combined with this Euphorbia Fireglow. I never worry about colours clashing in the garden as in general the various shades of green always save the day and tone it all down.
acer and euphorbia fireglow

Yet more red in the shape of planta genista or in other words broom, as they used to tie bits of it to a stick and use it for sweeping purposes back in the year dot. It’s the plant that was the emblem of the Plantagenets.
red broom

12 thoughts on “My Garden in May

  1. I’ve just picked the very last flowers for the season from my own climbing yellow rose, which looks very similar to yours and is delightfully scented.

  2. Oh, how I just “soak up” the images of your garden! It has filled in so beautifully, that I am, of course, as always, longing for more photos. (“Down, girl,” I say to myself, “All in good time.”) I’m doing a garden-themed blog entry soon, so you’ll know where my head is at. In any case, I have a mid-June into the fall project.

  3. It’s amazing how mature your garden looks in just a few short years. It’s lovely. I normally don’t like yellow roses much, but I like that one. You’re right, it’s harder and harder to find flowers, even roses, with scent. What a shame.

    • Joan,
      I love the yellow ones although apricot ones that change colour are gorgeous too. I’m looking for Jacob’s Coat but I think it must be out of fashion now.

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