Friday, 25 May 2018

My Cottage Garden Highlights in May

My cottage garden in May
May in my Cottage Garden

May and June are probably the best months for my cottage garden - in fact most cottage gardens come into their own over these two months. When I redid my garden I really did my best to plant to give interest all year around, however the plants that survived or did the best were the traditional cottage ones that tend to thrive in May and June. Think peonies, roses, aquilegia, geraniums etc. That doesn't mean I don't have interest the rest of the year. It's just the real chocolate box cottage garden comes into its own in May.

My cottage garden in May

Old Blush China - grown from a cutting of a very old rose gifted to me as a child from a rose hating neighbour. The old rose has long since gone, but this beauty lives on.

My cottage garden in May

Petunia pinstripe - I do love a stripey petunia - any petunia actually. The hanging basket came ready planted from Asda for £5.00

My cottage garden in May

Self seeded Nigella waiting to 'pop' next to the perennial wallflower I bought last year at a car boot sale.

My cottage garden in May


May in my cottage garden

My veg bed is planted up with beetroot, runner and broad beans, ruby chard, parsley, spring onions, carrots, cut-and-come-again salad leaves, chives and parsley. I bought most as small plants, but have sown radishes and carrots, but they're still not showing yet.

May in my cottage garden

The peonies did really well this year. Mainly because it didn't rain the moment it came out. Normally it pours and they get bashed down. Next month pale pink ones will be out. These dark red ones have been in the garden longer than any other flower. I have two clumps and I wish I'd put something next to this bloom to show the size of this bloom. Marvelous.

May in my cottage garden

No cottage garden would be complete without a lilac. Smells heavenly and this is a double variety so you get even bigger, showier blooms.

May in my cottage garden

Winter flowering pansies planted in the autumn are still going strong. I can't contemplate pulling them out and replanting the tubs when they look this good!

My cottage garden in May

Roll on June. Things can only get better.





4 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous and just what I hope to have one day. x

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    1. And the best thing is you don't have to worry too much about the odd weed (or twenty in my case!)

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  2. it is such a good time of year for the garden, you have some very pretty flowers in your cottage garden and seem a bit further on than we are up here in West Yorkshire. I look forward to seeing what June brings. xx

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    1. My partner is in Middlesbrough - he always comments how further on things are down here

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