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Garden Diary: May
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There was so much to see this month and it was over so quickly. I felt I hardly had eyes enough to take it all in. Let me start with the absolute star of the May flowers in our garden, the columbine (Aquilegia).

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We have them in many different shapes and colors. The different varieties interbreed freely, so it’s always a surprise what we'll get. This year, the blue/purple varieties dominated, with some having a more reddish tint. We used to have pink ones too but, unfortunately, that color has “Mendeled out”.

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But May was, first and foremost, the month of the Flowering Shrubs. The first one to flower was the hawthorn (Crataegus).
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Then came Viburnum, lilac (Syringa) and golden rain (Laburnum). It's a shame that I can't send you the scent of the Viburnum and the lilac over the internet. They smell absolutely delicious.
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The Weigelia in front of the ancient Taxus.
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The Wisteria trailing along the balcony.
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And a lovely small, white flowering shrub that has been there for as long as we have lived here but I've never managed to find out its name.
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A young rowan tree (Sorbus) (beloved by Quickbeam).
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There were many newcomers in the flower beds this month, again with a mixture of cultivated and wild species.

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Lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis), wild speedwell (Veronica) and London pride (Saxifraga urbium).
In Dutch, the latter species is called "schildersverdriet" (= painters despair) because it's notoriously difficult to paint. The same is true for getting a sharp picture of the flowers.

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Avens (Geum), wild hedge garlic (Alliaria petiolata) and red robin (Geranium robertianum).

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Knot grass (Polygonum), Geranium and wild buttercup (Ranunculus).

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And the wild greater celandine (Chelidonium) and red campion (Silene dioica).

So far, we haven't had real summer weather. Right now, it's raining hard and it's cold with temperatures of only 15C by day. But, forecasts are more favorable. We hope to have real summer before the end of the week. I'm looking forward to that and the warm evenings when we can sit in our beautiful garden.



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What a beautiful setting; I'd want to sit out all day. Spring with everything in bloom & autumn when the trees turn are my favorite seasons.

Those are my favorite seasons too.
I should really sit out in the garden more often but there is always so much to do. I'm not very good at sitting down anyway (except at my computer, lol).

What a wonderful array of flowers!! Makes me wish we could get our garden back into shape - it's a jungle at the moment.

Your weather sounds much the same as ours. We're due to take the ferry to Jersey on Saturday so we're really hoping it will have improved by then!!

Thank you, Paulie. The credit for how our garden looks should mostly go to my partner. It was often a jungle until he retired. Now he spends a lot of time in the garden and that shows.
I hope you have a good holiday with fine weather on Jersey!

Oh wow, your garden must smell DIVINE!!

It does. And it has a lot of eye-candy, too. :-)

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Paradise. :-)
Taking pictures has made me appreciate our garden more than I used to do. I saw too much "weeds and hard work" and not enough of the beauty. So this Garden Diary really has turned out to be a blessing.

so incredibly beautiful. I think my fave is the lily-of-the-valley. It takes me back to being a little girl, swinging in our garden, where these grew, and singing....

white coral bells
upon a slender stalk
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deck my garden walk

ah, to be sent gently back to childhood upon the magic carpet of images.....


The lily-of-the-valley is such an elegant plant, with the broad leaves making a perfect background to the "coral bells upon a slender stalk" (beautiful image!). It is, however, very difficult to photograph, at least with my simple camera. It is so often impossible to capture what you saw. But I keep trying.

i think you did a marvellous job with all the images! (And now that I am older, I wonder if that verse might really have been "white CHORAL bells".....since the bells are so evocative of choir bells.......

Your flowers are so beautiful. I hope you are able to be outside and enjoy your garden soon.

Thank you, Addie. The rain is still pouring down here, just like in your icon.

Edited at 2015-05-31 07:39 pm (UTC)

these are all in your garden? you and my mom would have been best buddies! so many beautiful flowers.

Yes, all from my garden. I'm surprised myself. It shows how taking pictures made me look better, pay more attention to the things in front of me.
So, your mom was a keen gardener? Nice.

Fantastic pics!

It's been cold for me too, but hopefully, it will warm up soon.

Thank you. I loved to take them. :-)
According to the forecasts, today is our last rainy day this week. I hope they got it right.

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