Six on Saturday | May flowers

So, the first week of May and here in the northern hemisphere everything is turning green. That lovely fresh, bright green that only exists for a few weeks. Birds are singing and doing the things that birds do at this time of year; bees are buzzing around the garden; there are lots of things for a gardener to get on with and new blooms to admire.

First off let me introduce you to my robin, again. This one is quite distinctive as it appears to have a necklace around its neck. This is the second year that it has been my constant garden companion and it cheekily hops around me as I work in the garden, often waiting for me to refill the sunflower seeds and barely letting me move away before hopping onto the feeder. I’m not sure how long robins live for, but I shall be sad to see this one go.

Robin by the Herb Bed – click on image to enlarge

In the herb bed behind the robin you can see Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis odorata) in flower. The air is filled with the sweet smell of aniseed. Apparently the leaves and the seeds can be eaten. I shall be adding some of the leaves to my stewed rhubarb as the natural sweetness of the leaves has been used to reduce sugar in recipes.

Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis odorata)

Close to the Herb Bed is a little shady spot under the Contorted / Twisted Hazel tree which is just coming into leaf. I have the Brunnera  macrophylla ‘Sea Heart’, a hardy geranium that is just beginning to regrow, Geum ‘Bell Bank’ and several Heuchera plants – Marmalade and Lime Marmalade. The lime ones are not looking very well this year, they have been here since I moved in so getting on a bit. I dug one plant up and cut off pieces to pot up before replanting it.

My shade loving plants

Around the other side of the hazel are more Heucheras including this lovely deep red one, ‘Coralberry’, which is looking rather lovely against my deep red tulips.

And a similar colour can be found in this little Weigela. Which after 6 years of not knowing what it’s name is has finally been IDed. Whilst digging out an old variegated Hebe that grew alongside the Weigela I found the original plant label.

Weigela ‘Minor Black’

So welcome to Weigela ‘Minor Black’ which is a hardy, dwarf deciduous shrub with a compact habit. Purple foliage and pink flowers. Best in an open position. Mmm… well that last part isn’t quite true as this one is planted very close to my other tree. I do however have a second shrub from a cutting which is, however that one hasn’t grown anywhere near as well as this one.

Bee on Geranium

Staying at the end of the garden we will find Geranium macrorrhizum ‘ingwersen’s variety’ which seems to love its location in the woodland walled border. It produces generous mounds of soft, hairy, highly fragrant pale green leaves spreading by means of runners. the flowers are blush pink, produced in small clusters. Supposedly it likes a dry site, which is hard to find here and I moved it several times before it really took off. This week I found it a popular place for bees.

I hope that  despite the lack of April showers May is blooming well for you and that we all enjoy some sunny weather so we can get outside and enjoy our gardens.

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47 Comments Add yours

  1. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    We too have a friendly robin, everytime we dig he is there. We think he is the off-spring of last year’s friendly robin, who has inherited the friendly gene 🙂

  2. restlessjo says:

    Nice to have a robin for a companion. Do you grow your own rhubarb, Jude?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Sadly not at the moment Jo. I did inherit some but it rotted away a couple of years ago. I want some from Yorkshire, but haven’t been successful in finding the type I want.

      1. restlessjo says:

        I’ll be over for a crumble when you’ve got it!

  3. I have sweet cicely in the garden but I’ve never tried using it in cooking, which is rather remiss of me. It’s a pretty looking plant though.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I tasted the leaves and the seeds today, the leaves were a bit yuck, but the seeds are divine! Pure aniseed. Cut some and popped into the rhubarb this evening.

      1. Thanks for that. I’ll try some of the seeds.

  4. kzmcb says:

    Lovely colours and textures. I’m glad you’ve told me about Cicely in stewed rhubarb, although I’m not sure we can get it fresh, here. A good mini project as winter approaches.

  5. pommepal says:

    Always lovely to have bird friends joining you in the garden. Do you know where he goes for the rest of the year?

    1. Heyjude says:

      He is around all year PP. I just have to make sure the feeders are filled up and there is water on the flat rock which serves as a bird bath and drinking bowl!

  6. I love the bee shot, Jude, and of course all the flower shots make me happy as usual. 🙂

  7. I love your Robin. We have Robins and one even nested near the house but none of them are really tame. I have always wanted one that would join me gardening. Amelia

  8. Beautiful weigela. Mine is in full flower but not as unusual as yours.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yours is a much bigger shrub I think. Shame the flowers don’t last for long.

  9. beetleypete says:

    Yesterday, we finally did some gardening in the sunshine. We cleared out overgrown and dry Rosemary bushes and old mint from a brick-built planter. Not long after, a Robin flew down to examine the soil that was left, and looked at us through the kitchen window.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Haha… lovely! You see, just turn over the soil occasionally and the robins will arrive. And the blackbirds!

  10. Cathy says:

    How lovely to know it is the same robin returning. We seem to have a pair here so can assume they are nesting somewhere. You certainly have some lovely healthy heuchera – and that’s a pretty weigela too

    1. Heyjude says:

      Heucheras do OK, but Tiarellas and Heucherellas are a different kettle of fish. Although I do have one Heucherella that is doing OK so far…

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