May is one of my favourite months in the garden with so much lush, green growth and the appearance of lovely spring blooms that we seem to have been waiting for so long to open. Last weekend the evil Step Mother Nature (just like in the fairy tales) made an unexpected appearance and did some damage to the plants.
The bleeding heart, solomon seal, lily of the valley are blooming now while the daffodils and tulips have finished.
This is the front shady garden and you can see the lovely growth and pretty blooms. The big pot was filled today with coleus and begonias. The ferns in front of the big pot were transplants from our daughter’s garden last fall and they have done really well. It is lovely to sit in the wooden chair and inhale the aroma of the lily of the valley.
I’ve been adding some new plants to the garden … jack in the pulpit, ligularia, anemone, bloody dock, mountain bluet and painter’s pallet (not in the photo). These are either in the shady garden or the front diamond garden.
Some of the tomato plants were touched by the frost along with the zucchini seeds that had just sprouted. I’m not giving up on them and have cut the tomato plants right down and now can see the odd green shoot coming through. I did add some new plants right beside them, perhaps for encouragement or perhaps for optimism. If you look closely beside the tomato plant in the left photo you can see some new green shoots. Perhaps I’ll have double the tomatoes from this tub.
I’ve moved the yucca plant from the trowel & error section into the showing growth section. I was worried that it was going to die off as it all turned brown and brittle. But with the advice of a couple of other garden bloggers and a knowledgeable garden centre owner I gave it a good trim back and can now see some promising growth.
Showing growth: stonecrop red carpet, stringy stonecrop, rhubarb, clematis, feverfew, hosta, stella d’oro daylilies, drumstick alliums, ribbon grass, false spirea, sedum, obedient plant, beebalm, hosta, coreopsis, purple coneflower, Peruvian Daffodils, 4 o’clocks, canna, wegelia, ninebark, yucca
Budding: peonies, honeysuckle, iris, Egyptian Walking Onions, chives, daylilies
Blooming: violets, pansies, violets, yellow iris, trillium, bugle weed, bleeding heart, incarvila, fuchsia, lily of the valley, sand cherry, poppies, lilacs, honeysuckle shrub and vine, solomon seal,
Blooms are finished: daffodils, tulips, mini iris,
New to the garden: jack in the pulpit, ligularia, anemone, bloody dock, mountain bluet and painter’s pallet
Planting outside: rattlesnake beans, Valentine black beans, zinnias, cosmos, tomatoes, basil, parsley, elephant ears, sage, dill #2,
Sprouting Outside: beetroot, peas 1, peas 2, morning glory seeds, 4 o’clock roots, Peruvian daffodils, scarlet runner beans, purple hyacinth beans, radishes, zucchini, potatoes, beetroot,
Trowel & Error: birdcage planter, dill #1,