It is the middle of the month again, we have reached May - and it is time to show what’s flowering in our gardens. Here in London we have experienced the strangest spring ever, with a relatively warm winter, a dash of high summer for a few days in March and then over 5 weeks of rain and persistently cold weather with very low night temperatures. My garden has never been as late as it is this year.
Before taking my round with my camera I had a look on my website at previous years to see if it was just my imagination that everything seems so late, but no – mid May last year I had all my roses in full bloom, a spectacular display. I had lots of other flowers too, which I have been waiting for a long time – not my imagination no!
|Here is my garden yesterday, when we had a nice day without any rain for a change.|
|A shot from the opposite end for a change, the boy in the window is the nosy son of my neighbour :-)|
|I have not one single rose to show you, this is the closest I could find, a Crimson cascade, on the verge of opening up. It was the only bud with visible petals so a show of roses seems a long way away….|
And my lovely alliums, usually early April flowering, just one has dared to start opening up so far!
|My Dregea sinensis, much written about here on my blog, is still only barely showing leaves and tiny buds, normally the arch would have been green with leaves and had lots of flowers by now.|
|Hydrangea then? No, just tiny buds here too, and I’ve got two more hydrangeas looking the same….I’ll spare you repeating the pictures!|
|There are even some buds still to open, so unless we get a heat wave the next couple of weeks (ha, very likely!), the camellia might have a good few more weeks of flowering left.|
for the second time this spring! Chaenomeles superba 'Crimson and Gold' is this beauty’s name, and by now it should be producing fruit from the flowering it did earlier this spring. Instead it has decided to totally disregard all rules of biology and start all over again producing flowers. It is not uncommon for Chaenomeles to flower more than once every year, but mine has usually given a second flush of flowers in the middle of the summer, on new growth – never like this, it’s completely smothered in buds!
|OK, so now to my Eskimo, which is supposed to flower now, or perhaps a bit earlier in a normal year.|
|It is a viburnum and it has lovely flowers like snowballs.|
|....this pale lilac azalea straight across the path in the opposite flower bed! So much for colour co-ordinations....|
|Here is a newcomer in my garden, still in a pot whilst I am pondering about where I want to put it: Dicentra Valentine, with red flowers instead of pink!|
|Here is another flowering plant, not exactly grown for its flowers, more for its spectacular leaves: Lamium galeobdolon 'Hermann's Pride'|
|So here is a little teaser for you for next time, as these little buds will be opened up to small bells by then. My Disporopsis pernyi is 7 years old and is a bold statement in my woodland corner.|
That was the whole round in my garden this middle of May 2012, some surprises and some expected latecomers. Why don’t you nip over to May Dreams Gardens, and see what other people around the world have flowering in their gardens right now?
I am going into hospital to have yet another operation this week, so I might be out of action on my blog for a little while. I don’t know for how long, depends on how the operation goes and if I have any complications afterwards, but statistically I am long overdue an operation with no complications and problems and no post-op troubles. I am crossing fingers and toes for a completely routine operation with no nonsense afterwards – it is certainly about time I have one of those :-) So, until next time, whenever that will be, take care.