Monday, 3 May 2010

May Garden

My May garden is a little short of colour, but there have been developments that have not appeared on my blog. We have bought an Arbour and have placed it as an exclamation point at the end of the path through the herbaceous borders.
I have just planted a Clematis Josaphine on one side and a Rose Lavinia on the other. I am hoping that they will climb over and flower and generally cheer us up.
I am already sitting on the seat and enjoying the silence, or bird song and just 'chilling out'
Nearby is this Osmanthus delavayi. It is covered in flowers and has a lovely scent. There is another small one, which is flowering nicely, but I need it to grow.In the path is this Saxifrage. I have reduced the clums enormously, as it spreads and spreads. It had taken over the path, but now I want a bit of order!

This is a lovely patch of yellow by the pond. I found a frog, while cleaning the pond a few days ago. I do not know where the toad is that appeared in the middle of the dining room and which I put by the pond.

I like the brightness of this shrub in front of the Ribes.

Here is the Old English Rose border, that you meet as you enter the garden, with geraniums and aubretia growing below. I hope that I shall be able to post picture later, with roses out.
And to finish, this is Withy's joke. A Salix grafted onto presumably a Salix wand. The shoots have to be cut hard back after the catkins die. Is it a tree, with giant daffs or the other way round?


Chris Stovell said...

Beautiful photos - I do admire you. I'm a faint-hearted about the garden at the best of times and it's almost a non-stater up here... well that's my excuse. You must have worked very hard.

Frances said...

Withy, that garden of yours is so beautiful, with lots of variety, yet all the plantings seem to enhance each other.

I like that "daffy tree" at the end. It's sure to bring smiles to any folks who see it.

Your new arbor is going to be such a wonderful feature. Wow!



Beautiful Withy. Funnily enough I have been planting lots of new clematis and roses today and hope they end up as lovely and scented as in my mind's eye!

I note you have a large amount of celandine too - my garden is overun by it, but I let it do its thing. It dies away soon enough and provides a delightful carpet of green. Have been doing battle with ground elder all day - pulling out those endless roots is so rewarding!

And the toads - at least mine were only in the cellar, not the dining room!

The arbor looks wonderful. I'm sure you will get so much pleasure from it as the plants mature.

Tattie Weasle said...

Mum has an Osmanthus delavayi in her garden is does have a lovely scent. I am now the prud owner of a gardener to help me try top beat these acres into shape - visions of a garden as lovely as yours may well turn to reality - one day!

Pam said...

Oh Withy! How beautiful! Having had large gardens at various times, I know how much hard work they are. I have a little "pocket handkerchief" garden now,so your lovely landscape of colour and fascinating variety was a joy to look at.Such a delightful wander you have taken us on. Well done Withy- it's a credit to you!