Garden Tour Late May 2016
I know my garden is behind many others this time of year but it is always well worth the wait. We have had a bit more than normal amount of rain for May and it has been downright chilly. Last weekend it got down to 32 degrees one night. An old adage around here is not to plant your heat loving plants (aka: tomatoes, pepper etc) until after the third weekend of May and it has held true.
My Clematis and Iris are vying for attention, they both are looking spectacular this season. They are loaded with blooms.
Belle of Woking Clematis
I have the hardest time getting the true color of Warsaw Nike clematis in close ups, but this photo does a good job of showing how very dark purple it actually is. It is the purple flower to the left.
The redder flower is Black Barlow Columbine, it has gone bonkers here. Could be all the chicken manure I dumped behind it last summer. The Hollyhock is suffering sadly with rust, it has been exacerbated by the wet weather. I will have to chop it back to a nub and usually what grows back will not have it so bad and will go ahead and produce flowers. All of my Hollyhocks are going to have to be severely cut back this Spring because of it.
Here is a close up of the Warsaw Nike so you know what I am saying about not capturing the true color up close.
Another Clematis which I think may be Killian Donahue but I can’t remember for certain. It is just outdoing itself. This is another one I mulched with my chicken manure debris heavily last Summer and Fall. I think it liked it.
More Iris are blooming, some in my Secret Garden.
Persian Berry…a friend gave this too me and it fits in so well with my Secret Garden color scheme.
This is one I had moved from the side yard to the Secret Garden. I had thought it was one of my new acquisitions and shared it on Facebook that way but I was in error. The new one is next to it and is supposedly more blue along the falls instead of purple.
My climbing roses are reaching for the sky. This is my Zepherine Douhin at about 8 feet high. It is climbing my porch post and is at nose height as you walk along the side porch so you get a good whiff of its sweet perfume.
A climber in my Secret Garden…it is at the top of the fence and reaching higher. I need to train it laterally or build another obelisk for it to climb higher still.
Here is a very welcome visitor to my gardens. These and other pollinators are one of my reasons for gardening organically. Even if it means a few trials and tribulations like rust on Hollyhocks. My gardens teem with bees, butterflies and other flying critters that come here for a safe place to sup, lay eggs and pollinate in safety. I cannot step into the garden on a warm afternoon without seeing several and it makes my heart glad.
Would you believe this is just a small bit of my garden blooms. I am awash in flowers and I love it!
I wish you all a fantastic extended weekend!