The view across the garden last week
The garden is flourishing after a very warm start to the month of May, plus a few much needed downpours in the past fortnight.
If this is your first visit to my garden, you will notice that it is devoid of grass, and filled with a number of (mostly) raised beds, planted with trees, shrubs, cottage style perennials, bulbs and a small number of annuals.
I have designed the paths and beds at an angle from the house to give it more interest.
Membranes under the gravel paths keep the majority of weeds at bay. Although a few hardy specimens put up a good fight!
One of my favourite old fashioned perennials is Aquilegia, also known as grannies bonnets. I have a number of different varieties but I do not know all their names:
The pond area is looking a little more mature, after it was downsized back in March. I am still tweaking the planting:
The pond area in May
The photograph below is from my post The Garden in March There is a world of difference:
The pond area in March
Here are more of this months delights:
Purple Astrantia and friends – cerise Carnations and pale pink Geranium
Phlomis awaiting the emergence of her pale orange flowers, keeps Astrantia company on the other side of this border.
Meanwhile a number of blue blooms are emerging :
Purple Allium provide star quality:
Roses are flourishing – let me introduce you to “James Galway” :
Pink Fuschia are another JOY:
And a number of varieties of white and yellow Daisy have joined the colourful throng: