Continuing the walk around the garden 24th May

May the best month in the garden and it is already the 24th!  How did that happen?

Today has been hot and sunny in the garden ALL day, that hasn’t happened for a while.  I’ve been cutting back Iris stems that have finished flowering and generally tidying up.  Everything, especially the weeds are growing so fast; yesterday I must have spent an hour and a half weeding just half the pepper and cucumber bed.  It was full of tiny weed seedlings.  The grass under the olives has had to be cut far more times than in other years and with all the rain it looks almost like an English lawn rather than the very rough grass that is usually brown by this time.

We finished at the end of the woodland path on Tuesday.

Most of today’s images are of the Large Island

Allium christophii has not flowered like this for several years.. That’s one plant that has really appreciated the spring rain

I am enjoying the planting in this part of the garden enormously.  The silver foliage and varying textures of a couple of different Artemesia  with the pinky spent flowers of Euphorbia myrsinites  with dark Sedum and Cotinus is very pleasing.

Rather than one ‘standout’ plant the garden is more a fusion of misty foliage and stark buttons of colour

Lychnis coronaria seeds itself in all the most appropriate places around the garden.  Again they are different this year – much taller!

Standing on the path that skirts the Large Island looking east to the Cotinus, the evergreen shrub beds and the Left hand border beyond

from by the Cotinus along the path that divides the smaller island from the Upper Slope path towards the South boundary

The olive at the end of the above view didn’t seem to suffer any die-back, But all the others lost the end of their branches and of course that is where the olives should be.  They are flowering but not as well as I would have hoped.

Looking across the Large Island to the Upper Slope Path bed with the triple stemmed Melia

The upper slope path by the side of the triple stemmed Melia features Salvia and yellows from Hemerocallis Sol’ d’Oro and Phlomis

Love-in-a mist, Nigella damascena is something I’ve been trying to grow for years. A friend gave me some fresh seed last autumn and bingo! Thanks Kevin

Dark Sedum and bright cerise of Cistus, backed by a Cercis that has suddenly decided that it will grow

More Cistus

More rain is predicted for next week followed by a steep rise in the temperature.

Is your garden giving you pleasure this week? if so do share it with us; it would be a shame not to.




36 thoughts on “Continuing the walk around the garden 24th May

  1. Christina your garden is fantastic, green everywhere and everything has grown a lot. I love everything. To highlight something the Allium christophii is divine. The silver foliage Artemisias with the pink flowers of Euphorbia myrsinites with dark Sedum and Cotinus I like very much. The Salvia, the yellow of Hemerocallis Sol’d’Or and Phlomis is very beautiful. They do not look like in previous years the flowers or the plants lacking water or exhausted: on the contrary they are seen brimming with life and strength and very big, they are gorgeous. And the same happens with the soil, it is not straw, it is full of green plants and the holes are green grass. Never in these dates your garden Christina has been so beautiful. In addition, they forecast more rain. The strong temperature increase is not to my liking: I believe that the 22nd Centigrades with sun and non-torrential rain when necessary, is ideal for living. Have a good and happy week. Take care. Greetings from Margarita. 🙂

  2. Your garden is jubilant! I wish Allium were as happy in my garden – among the 31 Allium bulbs I planted, it appears than only the 3 A. rosenbachianum were willing to bloom for me. I hope my Cotinus looks as good as yours someday. Does yours get any significant wind exposure? I planted mine in a spot that does and I’m wondering now if that was a mistake, although maybe I’m just impatient – it’s only been in the ground for 18 months.

    No rain here but we’ve been enjoying the cloudy “May gray” conditions that keep temperatures down, albeit while also limiting us to just 2-3 hours of sun a day.

    • I’ve seen Cotinus growing wild in the mountains so I don’t think it minds exposure to wind; as you know my garden is very windy and it has never caused any problems. As to the Alliums they need much more water than anyone ever tells you. As I said these have been in the ground for years – they flowered the first year and then only one or two each year, then pow! a wet spring and they are all flowering. The drumstick Allium sphaerocephalon is the exception, that repeats every year.

  3. Christina, your garden looks wonderful, do I see Ice Plants (Delosperma, I think)? I have been trying to get ahead of the weeds before the heat intensifies.Rain is a douuble edged sword sometimes.

  4. Beautiful Christina! I love the deep pink Cistus. Mine is looking decidedly sick after our harsher than normal winter. I’m thinking if I prune it back it might reshoot from lower down the stems?

    • It might. Cistus are tricky even here; but if you think about animals is the wild nibbling the leaves, pruning it is similar. I wouldn’t try to be too drastic though!

  5. The dark sedum and cistus go beautifully together. Was that planned or just luck? 😉 You have lots of lovely combinations in fact. I find some of the best ones in my garden are pure coincidence! LOL!

  6. In a bed like this the splashes of colour stand out all the more against the varying shades and textures of the foliage and it is interesting to see how different plants have responded to different weather conditions, some for the better and some not. Thanks so much for sharing these walks, Christina

  7. Those first few pictures with the purples highlighting the gray foliage are perfect. I love the way the two work together, it really looks great and I bet the foliage carries on for the whole summer.
    We are in a rain pattern here and the iris have not appreciated it. Funny how after all the cold we had, we’ve now almost caught up to you, our iris are just peaking now with the alliums and lychnis on the way!

  8. Thanks for the walks through your garden! Cistus and Cercis are definitely favorites, though we see the former very rarely. “Decided to grow after — years” – where I was on bedrock that was true with many plants; now I’m on sand so I hope it’s sooner.

  9. I love the tapestry of colors here, with silver and blue, green, pink, purple, orange. I can imagine walking down your gravel paths, taking it all in. May is a gorgeous month in your garden!

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