Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – May 2011

There are times when the good intentions of writing regular posts on my blog could fall by the wayside, for want of inspiration,  if it were not for other bloggers and their great memes.  May 15th is Garden Bloggers Day hosted by May Dream Gardens.  When my blog reaches a year and beyond, I will be able to join other more seasoned garden bloggers and look back on earlier posts to compare differences and changes over the year.

I wrote recently about the various Aquilegia in the garden and posted lots of photographs so I won’t bore you with repetition.  It would be too easy, and lazy, just to sit here and fish out pics I have taken in the last week or two.  That wouldn’t be fair and besides, I like to show you the garden as it is on the day I publish a post.  So, late this afternoon, I donned my shoes, picked up my camera and ventured into the garden.  Just as I started to shoot, the wind arrived!  Everything was swaying too and fro and presented a challenge, it really is not easy to take a photograph when just about to click the shutter, a gust of wind whips away your target.  However, I managed to capture a few.

My Hardy Geraniums or Crane’s Bill are taking over the flower border, again.  I chop them down on regular intervals and they seem to love it, either that or they are being like defiant children and growing larger and bushier just to get one over on me.  This one is Geranium Album – it is a tiny pretty flower with a heavily scented leaf.  You certainly know when you have touched this plant, and after pruning the aroma whafts around for ages!

This unusual star like geranium is Geranium x.oxonianum f. thurstonianum.  Note the difference in the leaves between this and the Album.

If you are going to grow hardy geraniums, I think that no garden is complete without Johnson’s Blue, again another different leaf shape.  Maybe one day I should just post photos of geranium leaves.

Much to the delight of the greenfly, a few of my roses are blooming early.  Some years ago I was bought, as a birthday present, a yellow climbing rose called Golden Showers.  Jennifer, if you are reading this, it is the one you gave me.  I nearly gave up on it last year, it has always been spindly and weak looking, so I pruned it heavily, thinking this will kill or cure.  It cured.  It is flowering this year in great profusion, but the buds seem to last longer than the blooms, which start to fall after a few days.  However, as this is Gardeners’ Blooms  I won’t show off the buds.   I managed to capture this, you can see how loose the petals are and I expect they will shower down by tomorrow.  It has a very gentle pink tinge to the edge of the petals which is more pronounced when in bud, but nevertheless, makes it a pretty bloom.

The other rose that is out is a pure white which I inherited in the garden, so I can’t give you its name.   It has no perfume, which I think for a rose is a travesty, but it flowers away from now until the mid-Winter.  Oh yes, it was still flowering on Christmas Day!

Not a rose but called Rock Rose, the Cistus is in full swing.   It’s a great shrub because it is evergreen and fills an otherwise empty gap in the corner of the garden.  It is a bit too happy where it is though and will shortly have to be pruned into shape and cut down to size before, like the geraniums, it takes over that part of the garden.

When I left the house yesterday morning, (Saturday) my poppy was still in tight bud.  This afternoon, it had broken into flower and by the time I came to take a photo, it was closing again and sadly, like the Golden Showers rose, it will probably drop its petals tomorrow.  This plant, always surprises me.  The leaves withstand the winter, and it is clearly a tough plant, yet it produces a tissue paper like flower which only lasts a couple of days.  I love the salmon pink colour and its size.  I bought it because it is called Victoria Papaver orientale Victoria Louise after one of my daughters, although her second name is not Louise  (in case she reads this and feels inclined to comment). 

Finally, at long last my Ceanothus or Californian Lilac has come into flower.  I have seen many in a full haze of blue over the last few weeks, and come home to look at mine wondering what its problem was.  Seems, nothing apart from the fact it clearly wanted to take its time.

So, these are some of the blooms in my garden in May.  It will be interesting to return to this post in May 2012 and see what, if anything, has changed. 

24 thoughts on “Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – May 2011

  1. I like the geranium too which for me is always the first to open along with the phaeums but not sure about the aroma. A great photo of the poppy unfurling 🙂

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  2. Lovely post…love the Geraniums…and I have enough of them to prove it! I do love the scent of them…I’ve even noticed they seem to release the scent on sunny days if I’m sitting nearby…such a nice woodsy, almost incense-like aroma.

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  3. I love the little star geranium, you’re way ahead as my Johnson’s blue isn’t even in bud yet, wish I could send you some rain as we had a good downpour over the weekend and now I want it to stop so I can work in the garden, as someone said to me years ago, ‘britain should be on a pivot then we could turn it around so the south gets some rain and the north dry’ 🙂 Frances

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    1. Hi Frances
      What a brilliant idea to get us some rain. Nothing forecasted for the near future, although yesterday looked promising. The trouble with being by the sea, is that the clouds roll in and over us, heading towards the South Downs.

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  4. Hi Ronnie, it gets really tricky to take photos when the wind gets up, doesn’t it! I miss having a ceanothus in the garden, we had a lovely deep purply-blue one but it got too large for the space. Hardy geraniums are one of my favourite garden work-horses, so much variety in leaf and flower. I tend to take them for granted, so its good to see them showcased. Happy GBBD!

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  5. Although the wind made it difficult you shared some great photos; I was half pleased when I read about the wind as my garden is always windy but yesterday and today the wind id howling around. I must return to look at your posts about aquiligea. I like your hardy geraniums, like you I’m not so keen on the leaf smell. Christina

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  6. Every year is different, same flowers with a new dance. Spring came early here this year, then had a change of heart. Your flowers are stunning, particularly the ones that do not thrive here, like ceanothus and true geranium.

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  7. Great up to the minute shots of the lovely flowers…my geraniums are just starting but no roses or poppies yet…it is pouring all day so my shots are from yesterday and they go up tomorrow

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    1. Donna, please send some rain my way. We had half a day last week and whilst it is rained considerably more in the North, we on the South Coast of England are drying up.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by to read my blog. I am always worried I am going to forget what some of my plants are and not be able to write about them properly!

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  8. I really enjoyed looking at your blooms. Those geraniums, album especially, are so lovely. I know how difficult it is to take photos on a rainy day…I have tried that and had an interesting time waiting for that second before the next gust came up. You did a great job! I had Golden Showers roses at my old house, and I really like them. Happy GBBD Day!

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  9. What pretty hardy geranium…I have a little shoot of one, but it doesn’t seem to grow like yours. and I am excited to see your review of Golden Showers! I just bought one!

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