May has been a very busy. We had our family visiting from British Columbia for the last half of the month, so lots of fun things going on. May and the garden is full of growth. It got a bit neglected with family visiting but they were able to help out a lot too.
The beginning of the month saw the white and yellow hyacinths in bloom in the fence garden. Such fragrant flowers. A few years ago I started with 8 plants and they have happily multiplied over the years.
The fairy garden was set up in the old sink. Last year it got emptied out and for some reason or other didn’t get set back up again and the sink was stored under one of the plant tables. Over the winter the gnomes got a much needed coat of paint so that this year Sinkville was set up again.
On May 4th (May the 4th be with you) the ferns were popping up everywhere. These are the kind of plants that travel under the ground with creeping rhizomes and send up new shoots where you least expect them. Do you eat fiddleheads?
The ferns have really grown in the back tree garden by the end of the month.
May is a month of blooms, blooms and more blooms. Daffodils, hyacinths and tulips are finished blooming. So many other plants appear. It is a month when plants are just poking though and lots of ground is visible to a month when the plants get so big you can hardly see the ground. This is a bonus for keeping the weeds under control.
Herb’s Place was relocated this month. It is now in the tubs on the plant tables at the bottom of the deck stairs. This makes it so much easier for me to pick what I want, without having to move to another part of the garden. Plants in this area are chives, oregano, parsley, borage, lettuce, Egyptian walking onions, and tomatoes. Lots of things to go into daily salads.
The yellow iris have just started blooming at the end of the month. I love these ones, yellow blooms being one of my favourites, plus they came from the garden of one of the favourite schools I worked at.
The bridge garden was a bit neglected during May. The mosquitos are really bad this year so it is an area that I tend to avoid unless I want to get covered in bug bites. Even bug spray doesn’t seem to help.
The hostas are really growing well in the sign post garden.
The trellis garden is doing well. A new clematis was planted in the middle section of the trellis and the honeysuckle vine in the right section was cut right back last fall and there are lots of shoots growing already.
The honeysuckle shrub is just about in full bloom.
In the fence/shed garden the dames rocket is starting to bloom. It will be cut down once finished and will bloom again later in the summer.
The front shade garden was edged by visiting family. Lots growing in this area. This photo was taken in the early morning, which is about the only time of day the sun is on this garden.
The bleeding heart grow so big and put on a wonderful show.
The solomon seal displays its delicate white blooms.
May has to be one of my favourite times in the garden. It goes from hardly anything growing to big, full, bushy plants with lots of blooms.