Slow allotment gardening in the life of a busy family
Monday, 18 May 2009
Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - 15th May
I started out at the front of the house, thinking that the few things that were blooming were there. These are trays of trailing Petunia surfina which my daughter is growing on from plug plants. On their own initiative she and a friend have taken on the 'greening' of the music school courtyard at their school. These petunias will be planted out in old, tall African drums as a centrepiece in the courtyard. They'll go in next week, once the risk of frost is past. For the moment I'm looking after them, as my daughter is away for two weeks of hillwalking.
They're very sweetly scented, but I've noticed that bees aren't attracted to them at all. I've recently resolved to plant many more flowering plants that bees and butterflies like - more about this in another post.
The bees do however like this Geranium 'Ingwersen's Variety'. I love to sit on the bench beside it and watch and listen to the bees at work.
In the back garden I really had to hunt for flowers. We have plenty of green - a whole range of greens, from acid to mid to dark.
A Pulmonaria peeking through the foliage of spent dwarf narcissi.
A cheerful saxifrage.
A strawberry blossom, complete with ant.
The Brunnera is going over now.
Periwinkle 'Vina major', which is getting too big for its own boots, and which I'll have to tame a bit.
And finally, peeking out shyly among all the green, the first flower of the Geranium 'Bressingham Blue'.
Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day for May is here at May Dreams Gardens.