The May garden.

18 May

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The Spring flowers have retreated  and the early Summer flowers have taken centre stage. These Aquilegias or Granny’s Bonnets as the are commonly known are short lived but so pretty right now.  Dead heading will keep them flowering a little longer but by high Summer their time is over. They are easily raised from seed or from division of the clumps.

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Rosa Rugosa is about to show it’s first fragrant blooms. It will continue to produce them right up to Autumn followed by large bright red hips. These are very high in Vitamin c and can be used in jellies and syrup.

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There’s been a lot of rain this past week so everything is looking beautifully fresh and green. Purple Alliums add a lovely dash of colour. Must do a bit of weeding here…pretend you don’t see those Dandelion heads.

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Valerian is waiting in the wings. I love it’s tall gangly habit that allows one to see through it to the plants behind . Nice pink flower too. I do tend to have a lot of pinks and purples in the garden. Purple is my alltime fave colour.

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It’s looking good for some Blueberries later on in the season. One of my fave fruits…nothing to do with them being purple!

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In the conservatory Geraniums (or  are they Pelargoniums) are producing lots of flowers.

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In the polytunnel all the new season crops are in. The Swiss Chard had to come out to make room for Courgettes and Beans. I’m always reluctant to take out crops that are still producing but this would have gone to seed soon anyway. Salads and Spring Onions are cropping now. There’s nothing like those first salad pickings. Broad Beans will be ready soon.

Outside the Setanta potatoes have been planted. These are supposed to be blight resistant and very floury. Kale, Red Cabbage and Onions are also in the ground.

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Round the pond Andy has built a dry stone wall. Doesn’t it look good?

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On the lane all is fresh and bright and green once again.






31 Responses to “The May garden.”

  1. june May 18, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

    Everything is looking beautiful, lush and full of life. Wonderful.

  2. Melissa @ The Glen House May 18, 2014 at 8:50 pm #


  3. charlieeasterfield May 18, 2014 at 10:05 pm #

    I share your love of purples….and have a huge Honesty plant growing underneath the verandah! And within the week, I’ll be eating blueberries from my plant in the polytunnel…loads outside too! Brilliant flowering on the Aronia…yum yum, and the Myrtus Ugni in the tunnel is looking so promising! xx

    • bridget May 19, 2014 at 7:19 am #

      Must get some seed from your Honesty. I think it comes easily from seed. Lucky you to have Blueberries so early. It’ll be a couple of years before I get Aronia berries but at least I’ve got the plants growing now. The abundance of Summer days is upon us.

      • charlieeasterfield May 19, 2014 at 11:28 am #

        Honesty self seeds well, and is easy to recognise when young….My Aronias look lush this year, we could make some cordials together!
        Abundance of weeds in my garden, and slugs overeating small annuals…despite eggshells and human hair…aaargh!

      • bridget May 19, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

        I’ve used as many slug pellets (organic of course) this year as in the whole of last year…and they’ve still got stuff on me. Definitely up for making the cordial again.

      • charlieeasterfield May 19, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

        They’re desperate this year….thought they may be spiteing me for saying that Brian Cowan would come back as a slug!!!
        We should get a good amount of cordial this year…x

  4. cynthiamvoss May 19, 2014 at 2:46 am #

    Beautiful photos! Your comment about the rosa rugosa made me want to Google rose hips…a few minutes later I’m feeling fascinated that the same stuff listed in tea comes from actual rose plants and is so packed with vitamin c that people were encouraged to use it during WW2 when citrus was not available. So interesting! I thought “rose hips” was simply the name given to some random herb for some random reason. Thanks for inspiring a little education on my part today 🙂

    • bridget May 19, 2014 at 7:15 am #

      It’s great to learn something new and useful. I’ve learned so much from other people’s blogs. Thanks for visiting here.

  5. Beth @ PlantPostings May 19, 2014 at 2:50 am #

    That stone wall is impressive. Bravo! How wonderful to have such a healthy harvest of Swiss Chard already! I’m a big fan of Blueberries, too. Can’t get enough of them! Your May garden looks fabulous!

    • bridget May 19, 2014 at 7:16 am #

      I’m delighted with the wall around the pond. It was here when we bought the place but has never looked right until now.

  6. The Earth Beneath My Feet May 19, 2014 at 8:41 am #

    I love all those beautiful splashes of colour. Your garden is looking gorgeous Bridget.

  7. Mominthegarden May 19, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    Everything looks fabulous! It’s so wonderful to watch as everything changes with the seasons! Dana

  8. Sarah May 19, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    What dandelion heads? … we have so many in the garden I’ve stopped noticing anyway! Isn’t it good to see all the colours starting to fill the garden – your aquilegia are very pretty.

  9. ayearinredwood May 19, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    Am so jealous of your pond! The garden looks amazing.

  10. Anne Wilson May 19, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

    The pond is looking great, Andy did a good job. Love the white Aqualegia. Will give you some honesty seed next time we come over or when you come to us which ever is the soonest, warning, slugs love the seedlings!

    • bridget May 19, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

      Damn slugs…they’re huge this year and with very big appetites!

  11. miriam May 19, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

    Hi Bridget, Your garden looks amazing 🙂 I planted 3 blueberry bushes but 2 of them the stems turned brown so I cut it back to the green part and something ate all the lettuces I planted 😦 Also I planted lovely mini cucumber plants that I grew from seed and something ate those too! I’m so disappointed… still I suppose it’s not too late to try putting more seeds down. Enjoy your beautiful garden and the pond is very impressive too 🙂

    • bridget May 19, 2014 at 5:43 pm #

      Did you plant your Blueberries in lime free compost? They hate lime. Never say so many slugs as this year and how big they are too.

  12. KerryCan May 19, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

    Oh, dear–I just wrote in my blog about not allowing any purple in my garden! It’s not high on my list. But I love seeing your flowers looking so good–I have many of the same plants and mine are not showing much action yet. Very impressive stonework on that wall!

  13. puppiesinparadise May 19, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    Wow, your garden is amazing! How long have you lived there? You and Andy must have worked hard to have such a garden. The pond is such a wonderful water feature. It looks so peacefull.
    Your crop is looking really good. I am surprised how the polytunnel has speed up your growing season.

    • bridget May 19, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

      We were here one year in February. The garden was already established but needed a lot of work to bring it under control. Trees had to be taken out, Ladies Mantle had almost taken over and there was no veg garden. It’s been a year of hard work but the reward is now coming.

      • puppiesinparadise May 20, 2014 at 10:57 am #

        You have accomplished a lot in one year. I will be followin your blog to get ideas. It looks like you have lived there for years. Keep up the good work.

  14. Eliza Waters May 21, 2014 at 1:45 am #

    Love your colorful chard and Andy’s wall is looking fine! I had never heard of the common name Granny’s Bonnets, but it is very fitting. Always enjoy your posts. Thanks!

  15. mrjonmoore May 21, 2014 at 9:36 am #

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  16. Yanic A. May 21, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    What a beautiful outdoor space you have. I can’t believe how advance everything is compared to here. My Swiss chards are 2 inches high. 🙂

  17. limewindow May 24, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

    Nice stone wall encircling your pond – it really makes a difference, some good old stone amongst the foliage. Garden looks lovely – well done!

    • bridget May 26, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

      Nothing to beat the look of stone.

  18. Karen B May 31, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

    You have such a lovely garden! And it looks beautiful!

  19. kathy June 16, 2014 at 11:12 pm #

    What a beautiful garden!! Wish I could be your neighbor! Imagine, potatoes named after Cuchulainn!

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