I had to repost this post because for some reason it was directing it to another page? Not quite sure what happened?
Hey there, its been beautiful weather. Ok, I lied its hot and humid! But its better than cold weather, right? Our cottage gardens are coming alive with each passing day more and more plant children are in bloom. As more blooms come to life its as the perfect time to share our cottage garden journal for late May.
Starting in the front gardens…
Wood Poppy (Stylphorum diphyllum bloom for almost two months and has the pretties yellow color. The pink is Fringed Bleeding Heart (Dicentra eximia) which bloom for over a month too. Deadheading will promote repeat blooms and attract hummingbirds. This plants will provide you with many plant children.
Bleeding hearts are great combined with hostas and ferns, Tirarella and Pulmonaria (Lungwort). All these do very well in shade to partial shade.
Another Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis) with bluish green foliage. This bleeding heart with die back to the ground with the heat level intensified in summer. The fringed bleeding heart holds its own in hot weather and doesn’t die back.
The purple leaves you see is Chocolate Joe Pye weed, an annual that acts as a perennial since it is a heavy, and I do mean heavy, reseeder. Its a fall bloomer with white flower in late September. Tolerates shade to full sun.
Smooth Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum) is elegant with arching stems. The flowers are bell shaped when open and bloom from May through June. These love full to deep shade but in my garden do well in partial shade. Tolerates dry soil…
Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum) with its remaining pretty white flowers. A great feature of this perennial is its “whirl” shaped leaves and which are sweetly vanilla scented. Does well in partial shade to full sun.
Garden Heliotrope (Valerian) is heirloom flower that I started from seeds many years ago. It blooms throughout late May to through June. The roots have been used since ancient times as a sedative. It is a heavy reseeder and you will find them throughout your garden but easily removed.
Clematis (H.F. Young) has been blooming for me for over 10y years and she faithfully comes back every year. Large blue flowers with creamy centers blooming in late Spring. She began about two weeks ago. If you want to know when and how to prune your Clematis you can read the post I did here.
Last year late fall I typically buy end of season plants and picked up a Clematis that just started blooming inside the Garden of Colors (sun garden)…
This section is on the other side of the back yard gate about 15 feet for the Clematis in front. When it started blooming I realized its the same H.F. Young Clematis as in front….$1.75. What’s the chance of that? Being it’s first year it is blooming quite nicely.
Lilas in bloom and if you liked to learn how to prune them click here for a post I did about it.
Another carnations started from seed last year and they never bloomed! After researching found out that carnations started from seed typically don’t bloom the first year….so happy they are now.
Another carnation started from seed last year is Fringed (or Bonsai) carnations which are also blooming this summer. Aren’t they the craziest looking carnation?
Several of my roses are in bloom, John Cabot (Rosa x ‘John Cabot) which is part of the Explorer series. It is a climbing fragrant double pink flowers. It blooms from early summer to late fall.
Love the color of John Cabot but the individual blooms seem a little fragile.
Farther down is another rose and I can’t remember her name? It really bothers me when I don’t know all the names of my plant children! It looks red in the photo but is more of a burgundy color. I love the look of this rose…
When I was down in Indiana at a SOTF rally I picked up a new rose. I picked up two of them and placed the on either side of an arbor by the secret garden pond. Rosa ‘ZLEEltonStrack’ PP24,463 a large flowered climber with clusters of semi-double apricot colored flowers. This is a very hardy, disease resistant climbing rose. Its bloom season is in mid to late spring and sporadic repeat flowering during summer.
There is one more climbing rose that seems to be a very slow grower, it a New Dawn, a creamy white flower that hasn’t bloomed yet and not much growth.
A picture of her from last year…
Allium (Allium stipitatum) in beautiful while. Alliums are easy to grown, come in many color and are deer, rabbit and rodent resistant. You can also buy Alliums to bloom from Spring to Fall. Click here for a chart to see which ones to buy.
Foxglove (Foxglove purpura) that I started from seed last year. Foxglove doesn’t bloom its first year and is a biennial. So it is a very short lived plant but is ever so pretty. The heart medicine for the heart, Digitalis comes from Foxglove. You can’t have a cottage garden without foxglove. I start seeds every year and hold next years blooms in a holding bed behind the secret garden area.
Poppy (Papaver rhoeras) and one species is where opium (Papaver somniferum) from. My poppies where started from seed about 8 years ago. There were several plants but not only one remains. Poppy is another short lived perennial.
A few remaining Wisteria blooms scattered through the arbor trellis.
I’m excited that my climbing Hydrangea is going to be popping soon. She’s spectacular when she is..
I always look forward to sharing my cottage garden journal with you…and hope you enjoy seeing the garden comes alive.