The Frustrated Gardener said the other day “if a garden doesn’t look merry in May, there’s a problem” and although I’m thrilled mine has survived our recent absence (thanks to the dogsitter’s kind ministrations) it’s not ideal that it’s so merry now, as it will doubtless be looking rather exhausted by the garden opening in four weeks’ time! Ah well, at least I can share with you.
So, this view is the Mid Century bed looking across the Lavender bed to the incredibly flowery Leptospermum beyond. Here it is with an invasion of self seeded Valerian keeping it company.
In the right hand Lavender Bed the peonies are just about to burst
whilst in the left hand one (aside from miles of Convolvulus) there is my ‘old’ Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ and new E. ‘Red Jep,’ lots of pinks and my little Silk Tree.
Conversely, the Grass Bed is in a sorry state, with little to entertain except tatty forget me nots and self seeded Nasturtiums and Poppies. This is due a big clear out and will be planted with annuals, hopefully next weekend.
The Veg Patch has moved on from this picture, as I’ve now planted out runner beans and sweet peas. I’m intending to plant further flowers for cutting here, so have only erected two sets of bamboos this year.
The fleece to the right is to protect the strawberries in the lower bed, but we’ve now moved it off the wall as it was forcing the Agapanthus flower heads into such awkward twists I felt compelled to liberate them!
The Pat Austin roses in the Bronze Bed are doing their cantaloupe thing, and will hopefully soon be joined by Achillea ‘Terracotta’ with Dahlia ‘Happy Single Date’ to follow later in the summer.
I’m still planting up pots, with the troughs by far the largest. The plan here is a trailing sweet pea ‘Cupid’s Pink’ at the front together with a shorter Cosmos ‘Antiquity’ behind, but there seems to have been a bit of a mix up with the Cosmos lables, so I could end up with any one of four different varieties. Oops.
Other pots which have largely overwintered are looking far more established – Pelargonium ‘Surcouf,’