EOMV

End of Month View – May 2012

With the blink of an eye we are at the end of May. A couple of weeks ago I wrote, with a sense of excitement, about the sudden arrival of warm, correction – hot, weather. I foolishly said that I hoped to have a garden full of flowers ready for the May End of Month View. How wrong could I be! I am beginning to wonder what I have done to prevent the production of flowers and I will read with interest the other EOMVs, with the hope it’s not just me.

Last year one of my beautiful peonies had flowered by now, this year not a single flower is to be seen.

Another disappointment is the sudden death of the glorious salmon pink poppy with its paper thin flowers the size of saucers. It has flowered every year for the past 6 years, this year it looks like this:

On a more cheerful note, one little lavender that looked sorry for itself last year, is making up for it now. There are a few rogue buttercups, and you probably can’t quite see it but in the right hand corner a pretty California poppy has self-seeded itself.

This is what I love about my garden, nothing behaves and self-seeds pop up in odd places, they clearly know that I garden without rules and regulations.

Although slow to start the vegetables in the raised bed are now beginning to get going. I have been eating (and giving away) Rocket for weeks now and the Swiss Chard is ready to use. In the front of the photo you can see tiny leeks. I planted some garlic between them and the Chard. Not having the space afforded by an allotment, everything is crammed in somewhat so I hope they will grow ok. The carrots are to the far left, just out of the photo and they are way behind from last year. Charlotte potatoes are my chosen crop this year and am watching the leaves closely for fear of blight which hit last year.

A few months ago a few gardeners on Twitter talked about growing Cleome, a flower I have not had in my garden anymore. The gauntlet was thrown down to see who could grow them successfully. I am not sure what mine will end up like, but they seem to be doing well at the moment and last weekend I planted out several of the larger plants. I think I should have put them slightly further back in the border, I forgot that they can grow quite tall. I am covering them with bamboo cloches at the moment to protect them from the neighbourhood cats, who like to use the flowerbed as a toilet.

The Cleome were amongst a selection of cutting flower seeds brought from Higgeldy Garden, all of which have been successful. I have pink poppies, black cornflowers, stock, nigella and scabious all waiting to be planted out very shortly. There are few courgette plants there too.

To make room for all of these I have decided to pull up a number of the hardy geraniums. They do spread and take over and they have been around for a few years in my garden so it’s time for a change. The ones I have left are the lovely Johnsons Blue.

Fingers crossed that with June knocking on the door, all the plants will burst into flower and the garden will be a mass of colour, which Summer is all about.

Thank you Helen (Patient Gardener) for hosting this monthly meme, I am now going to pay a visit to the other garden bloggers who have written an EOMV to see the different stages our gardens have reached the end of May.

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