Sunday, 31 May 2020
Hello me dears.
Here we are at the end of May with a little tour of our back yard.
What a month it has been. Both the hottest and sunniest on record.
When May started we were very much in Springtime -
As May comes to a close we are very much in Summertime.
These giant Pelargoniums are outside our drawing-room widow and give as a blast of colour as we draw the blinds in the morning.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves, or we will miss out these rather fabulous Dwarf Dutch Irises
Allium 'Purple Sensation'
The delightful Auriculas
Two plants neither of which I could imagine a garden without:
Nicotiana mutabilis 'Marshmallow'
and Thalictrum aquilegiifolium
The greatest joy this month has to be our Jasminum polyanthum.
It produces a mass of reddish-pink flower buds in early winter and then tries to hold on to them till Spring. Every year the buds are blasted by frost and it has never managed to flower well.
With such a mild Winter, this year it has managed to flower to spectacular effect, and with a perfume that could blow your socks off.
Begonias like roses
A Regal Pelargonium looking like a rhododendron
And another - all heralding Summer:
We have gone a bit mad with Ipomoea purpurea 'Kniola's Black'.
We have planted loads.
So we should get some 'Morning Glory' every morning.
We love Geraniums here at 'Delargo Towers' - this is endressii 'Wargrave Pink'
Geranium pratense 'Purple Haze'. This looks similar to the next photo but is more erect and has deeply-lobed leaves which are dark reddish-purple to bronze in spring,
Geranium x johnsonii 'Johnson's Blue'
And this is the desired effect.
Before we start the tour of the grounds here is a bit of a news flash!
You may know we are surrounded by trees, giving unwanted shade and depriving us of our sunshine. Well me dears, one has just blown over in the last gale. You can just see it behind our back fence.
We have Foxgloves in the front garden
And a surprise in the back passage. Lilium martagon 'Arabian Night'
and Lilium martagon 'Nicotine'. Both have a delightful scent.
Tomorrow will be June, and Summer proper. We have Dahlias already:
We will have more of those next month I am sure.
Along with the long awaited return of the fuchsias [above = 'Caroline']. We have had a few in flower already, it is true,
but I think June will be the start of them truly strutting their stuff.
There are a few other 'stars' in the wings, waiting their turn too...
We hope to see you back in our back yard next month for a look around and a virtual cup of tea
There tiz me darlins.
Hope you enjoyed your visit.