After linking up with Annie at Mammasaurus at the beginning of the month and receiving so many comments on our garden, I thought I'd try to make it a bit more of a regular thing. We've not done much to the garden in the last few weeks (other than DH's fence painting, lawn feeding/mowing and some weeding which I cannot take any credit for!) but things are still happening almost daily. Looking out of the kitchen window the other day I saw something I wasn't expecting - a flower. There were actually a few belonging to an Aquilegia which has since seeded itself under our Magnolia. The fully open flowers were a bit tricky to photograph bobbing around in the breeze but I think they look so delicate and pretty. I was really pleased that they were there to break up the vast expanse of green that we seem to have ended up with since cutting back so many plants earlier in the year.
We have a few new plants too including these chives, which seem to love their new home. I can never get enough of plants that you can cook with as well as enjoy in their own right and these really fit the bill.
One thing that always happens when the weather gets better is that my neighbour's Acer, which grows over the top of the fence between us, starts to look so amazing against the blue of the sky. I absolutely love the intense red canopy and have real Acer envy.
This becomes especially apparent when you see what has happened to one of mine in the last few weeks. It was a really pretty little tree, sitting right next to the deck in a pot looking very Zen against the pebbles. For some reason, once the leaves started to appear this year it seemed to give up and now is just a rather unappealing grey stick :(
I'm wondering whether it might have something to do with the Ceanothus we have which was one of the plants that faced the chop back in April. It used to provide the Acer with shade but had grown so huge we had no light in the kitchen. It is now a trunk with a few random flowers, but you can see lots of little shoots all over it, which gives me hope that in a year or two we will have a nice tidy compact version of the plant that it was before. I have really missed the purple/blue flowers this year but it was a trade off to be able to see through the kitchen window again!
Lastly, I'm pleased to report that we finally had some fronds from our missing Regal Fern appear and now it's back! This was the best shot I could manage as it really isn't a substantial plant like some of the other ferns in our garden, but there are many more fronds like that one which must mean it is in relatively good health.
So, that's our garden in May. I want it to eventually look like this again (you can even see the now dead Acer if you look closely).
That photograph was taken two years ago and it is fair to say while the garden is looking good at the minute it isn't anything like that picture. So, that's the goal for now.