I'm joining in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day this month. Kindly hosted by Carol over at May Dream Gardens - it's an opportunity for gardeners from all corners of the globe to get together and share what's blooming and blossoming in their gardens of the 15th of every month. Head on over if you want to join in!
It's been really difficult to decide what blooms to share with you all - therefore this is Part 1 of 2. As well as playing catch up in garden, I'm also playing catch up in downloading and editing my garden pictures. Being that this is the first year I'm recording everything in the garden, I don't want to miss anything out.
The first of the Rhododendrons are flowering R. Shamrock and R. Baden Baden - they would normally be joined by Rhododendron Taurus but as it has struggled with Cushion Scale this last couple of years it was removed from the garden last week.
|Rhododendron Baden Baden|
|Tulips National Velvet and Aqueligia Spring Magic Pink|
Soldanella villosa - requires a moist cool shady spot. This one grows in a container unlike the others in borders which have yet to flower. it's common name is Snowbell and will push it's dainty little flowers up through the snow on the mountain tops of Europe.
Erysimum kotschianum - Alpine Wallflower, prefers a sunny well drained site. It has settled in well in the Alpine Trough. It's bright yellow flowers really do stand out.
I've 2 Clematis flowering right now - both have not come through winter unscathed.
Clematis cartmanii Pixie - an H3 hardy evergreen climber. Protected in winter with fleece thrown over it and stored against a sunny wall for shelter. Certainly not abundant in growth but has produced a few of it's waxy blooms. It will be given a larger container later in the season when it has finished flowering.
|Clematis cartmanii Pixie|
Clematis alpina Helsingborg has flourished in the garden this past few years but a 'cat fight' between one of my cats and a stranger that ventrued into the garden saw the clematis almost torn apart from it's support. I spent a whole afternoon recently carefully snipping and untying all all the damaged stems. Only 1 single stem has survived. I live in hope that it will regenerate from the base.
|Clematis alpina Helsingborg|
Fritillaria, Primula and Narcissus from previous posts are still looking well enough to be considered 'flowering'. The usual spring herbaceous plants are flowering - I will be including them in Part 2 of this post.
If you've liked any of my plants and want any more information on them you can follow the links I've provided to my 'What's Growing' pages - here you will find growing information on each plant.
Thank you for joining me this May GBBD - please come back soon.