The colours in late evening photos are intense yet soft. The flowers in my garden are for the most part subdued. Subdued has a beauty too don’t you think. Here’s my garden highlights for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, May 2012…
As gardens in England move up a gear with brighter colours in blooms, my Scottish garden is still holding on to Spring for a bit longer.
Above, Helleborus orientalis going to seed, Euphorbia giving that zing that they do so well. Yak Rhododendron in stages of buds, open flowers and last flower standing (the purple/blue one). Last Cuckoo flowers, new Broom flowers and primroses still performing well in shadier corners.
Some plants punctuate my garden, causing me to stop and stare. These plants have been with me a good few years now. However, the anticipation of these opening flowers never wains… Wisteria buds starting to grow, Mecopopsis showing the teensiest hint of blue, Cirsium flowers nestling in foliage near the ground ready to go skywards and last but not least, the Alliums…
In contrast, the purple blooms of the perennial wallflower, Bowles Mauve has never stopped flowering since last year, thanks to our easier winter. I added some Heather earlier this year (sentimental reasons) and I hope the bees have enjoyed it. The photo above the heather is blossom from a weeping silver pear.
Capturing photos of birds in garden borders where a flower is in bloom is always a bonus… these drumstick Primula flowers should really be cut back but I’ve been enjoying seeing the juvenile blackbirds tottering through them.
My tiny pond gives so much pleasure at this time of year when the trickle of ‘waterfall’ is running. Newly fledged birds make straight for it – what fun it is to watch them. The Blackbirds have certainly been keeping us entertained!
The tiny colourful Siskins have become pretty regular drinkers from here too. I think they could be allowed into the blooms for this Month. They’re not too keen on sharing this ‘now favourite’ spot with each other though. However, the tottering Blackbird juveniles make their presence known and the finches take flight.
So that’s it for this GBBD. To see other blogs taking part in sharing what’s in flower on the 15th of the month – head over to Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
My final photo (taken rather shakily from my phone) just had to be included here as a link to my last post. I split coffee over my PC keyboard, and this new replacement one was sitting on the windowsill. Then, on the outside windowsill, along came a…
Yes, you can see… a tottering juvenile Blackbird! It was looking straight at me, as I slowly picked up my phone to get this image. Perfect timing it was too as I was tweeting about the Birdfair ticket draw! Needless to say I tweeted this pic suggesting the Blackbird was looking to email me to enter 😉
Congrats go to David for winning the Birdfair tickets. To my garden blogging friends – Happy Bloom Day 🙂
This post was written by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in May 2012.