May 08, 2014

our garden in May






Over the past couple of weeks, the garden seems to have taken the decision to burst into life. 

As this is our first summer at the house, we had no idea what might pop up in the borders. In the past day or so these gorgeous iris have bloomed and the blowsy, deep scarlet peonies have finally started to open.

In the pots the spring bulbs have started to fade, but the strawberry plants and herbs we planted are growing well. The only herb that failed to take was the basil… if anyone has any tips for growing this in a pot I'd be interested to hear them. We use loads of basil so it would be handy if we could grow it rather than keep on buying it from the supermarket.

In the raised beds we have a handful of fledgling cabbages, carrots and beetroots. The far end of the garden is awash with dandelions, I try to pick a few heads off each time I'm up there.

I think the purple flowering plant in the last photo is a buddleia… it hangs over the fence from next door and is always covered in butterflies later in the season.

I posted this month's mood board a couple of days ago, a snapshot of the plants and flowers growing in our garden each month. You can find that post here.

Joining in with Annie's 'how does your garden grow'. 

22 comments:

  1. It is probably still a bit too cold for basil, it needs really warm weather, so either wait and plant out another plant in a month or so, or start it off indoors and keep it warm and then plant it outside later on. I will be waiting until June to plant any outside, it is a very tender herb! Everything that you have blooming and growing looks lovely, and I am so glad that you are enjoying your new garden! xx

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  2. Such striking colours, I can smell the fresh mint from here. Our herbs never seem to take apart from the mint which takes over

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    1. thank you! yes, all of those herbs smell divine!

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  3. oh Charmaine, everything looks beautiful and bright! lovely garden you have. i agree with the above comment, basil needs hot, hot. we actually just cut ours down a whole lot. but you know, miami... hot! lovely pics.

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    1. ha! yes I think we might struggle to reach the heady heights of Miami temperatures here in old blighty :) x

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  4. oh your garden is blooming well so great to see

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  5. It is a buddleia, or as my children call it 'Butterfly Bush', oh the fun we had last year trying to stand close to one perfectly still to see the butterflies :)

    So lovely when things spring up in the garden, especially when you don't quite know what to expect. Your photos are just lovely, a bit of sunshine on a grey and wet day here.

    It's wrong that I see mint but I think Pimms isn't it?! Sorry no pearls of wisdom on Basil but I know someone who might know - will ask!

    Thank you for joining in again xx

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    1. brilliant! there were loads of butterflies on it last summer, I shall be sure to stalk it this year so I can take some snaps :)

      ha! good to know re. the pimms… will bear that in mind! x

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  6. This is actually a welcome sight to see. Now I am soaking wet from cleaning the terrace and its raining like crazy. Your photos reminds me of the sunny nice days =) #HDYGG

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  7. It certainly is bursting into life! Looks gorgeous x

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  8. It will be exciting for you to see what comes up. I'm growing basil at the moment. Apparently it likes lots of sun and plenty of warmth (no cold nights). I love fresh mint!

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    1. thanks Gemma! I think I probably just put it out too early… I'll try again in a month or so! x

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  9. Moving into a new garden is always exciting, waiting to see what will pop up next. I don't think yor plant is a Buddleia, they don't flower until July through until the Autumn. It could be a Ceanothus or Californian Lilac Burkwoodii they flower in Spring and look like your plant. #hdygg

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  10. Alas, I have had no success with growing my own basil, but my uncle's in Virginia's grows taller and bushier than a child as it's nice and warm there!

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  11. Charmaine, I agree about not putting Basil out just yet - although, as you said, your garden seems to have taken the determined decision to burst into full life, so maybe it would be ok! You have so many wonderful, strong colours - how exciting to see them all appear!
    Emma :-)

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  12. Oh, more gorgeous photos! Is there anything nicer than sun on terracotta flower pots?! I have never successfully grown basil up here in Yorkshire - I think it needs to be done in the greenhouse, or somewhere very sunny and sheltered. I tend to buy the supermarket potted basil plants and keep them on the kitchen window sill for as long as I can - usually two or three months - and that seems to work better for me. x

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  13. Beautiful selection of photos, I do love things growing in pots. As I'm currently living in a rented place, pots are definitely the plan for this year! I live in Leeds and have only ever managed to grow Basil indoors. I have some in the kitchen in little pots right now. Iv'e never managed to grow outside, we just don't have the climate here!

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  14. Gorgeous blooms ... I love when the flowers seem to pop out all of a sudden ... we are much slower here ... our buddleia hasn't bloomed yet although the apple tree is covered in blossom ... Bee xx

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  15. Such gorgeous pictures, your garden must look beautiful! I love the colour of that peony. xx

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  16. Oh, it's all looking beautiful and full of life and colour! Gorgeous photos, Butterfly bush, as we always called it too, is one of my favourites, it smells lovely x #HDYGG

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  17. Lovely colours and blooms

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