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.
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.
Petunia pinstripe - I do love a stripey petunia - any petunia actually. The hanging basket came ready planted from Asda for £5.00
Self seeded Nigella waiting to 'pop' next to the perennial wallflower I bought last year at a car boot sale.
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.
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.
No cottage garden would be complete without a lilac. Smells heavenly and this is a double variety so you get even bigger, showier blooms.
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!
Roll on June. Things can only get better.