U.S.A., Washington State. USDA zone 8a. Sunset climate zone 5

Monday, May 21, 2018

My Garden - First Part of May

These are some pictures of my May garden (first half of the month).

May came fast, and the garden suddenly became full!

Hellebore is still blooming

New light weight pots are ready to be filled

My garden supervisor

 Major renovation here is underway: old lamium and oxalis are removed, there are no certain plans, will just try this and that until I get comfortable with a new 'skirt' for two fir trees.

Forget-me-nots are ruling in May!

After a couple of years of frustration with this Rodgersia, I found a new spot for it and realized that I should be frustrated not with it, but with myself. Rodgersia needed more sun and water than its original spot provided. Now, we both are happy!

Similar situation is with Bergenia - it started to grow and bloom only after I moved it to a new spot with more sun.

I love these simple bells.

These are some new plants, just a small part. Can you believe, I brought home 40 new plants from that swap?

Peonia on the left lost its blooms after a very wet early spring .

Vegetable garden provides kale, Swiss chard, parsley. For a salad, I like to add radishes and dry cherries, plus olive or avocado oil and some balsamic vinegar.

 Beet seedlings removed after thinning out also go to salad!

 Usually I don't buy a lot of annuals, but this season I want more color!

Beautiful, heavenly-blue Veronica gentianoides 'Little Blues' - one of my finds at the local Plant Swap.

Cut some lawn, added some space to an existing bed, planted it with  brunnera, primula, etc.

Robin's nest

In the container above - overwintered Abyssinian banana tree and Senecio Angel Wings

Lemon Lights Azalea

 This glazed blue pot is a garage sale find

Another overwintered Abyssinian banana tree is seen here

 Alliums, my love

Camassia is a new addition to my garden

 Former dwarf Azalea got tired to be small and after 10 years decided to grow tall!

Libertia is a beautiful plant. I love its white dots!

Small Deutzia gracilis

It took just several days for Rodgersia to change color from bronze to green

Native Decentra is not shy spreading in the shade garden

The leaves of this Hosta are huge

Geranium phaeum Samobor

Rhododendron Honey Butter on the left. I need to clip Escallonia which is crowding it.

My little Olive tree certainly loves our climate. It's getting bushier and looks happy!

After many years of losing the fight for primulas to slugs, I finally have healthy, not-damaged plants with big clean leaves and blooms!

Calycanthus floridus - such a delightful plant!

I love to watch how the sun is crawling to the garden

May is one of my favorite months in the garden.
Hope you are enjoying your May gardens too!

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