dinsdag 19 mei 2015

The garden during the first half of May

It's been a long time since I showed you what's going on in our garden/container garden
 but then again it was winter and there really isn't that much going on there then,
except maybe when there's snow but we didn't have any snow here last winter.
The month of May on the other hand is always a beautiful month in the garden
with different flowers of which I took some pictures I'd like to share here now.
I hope you enjoy this look into our May garden.
The first flowers that bloomed in May were the Forget-me-nots.
Like a cloud of blue in the green border. I love these pretty little flowers
and love how many there were this year.
May wouldn't be complete here without some tulips blooming in containers.
This year I made a mix of different tulips. It's a change from
having all the same flowers together and I have to say
I love how it turned out.
The red tulip in the above picture is Doll's Minuet. Not the classic tulip shape,
it has something frivolous about it which I love.
These brownish tulips are called 'Ronaldo'.
Their color is described as dark purple but somehow they turned out much more
of a dark brown to my opinion and I love the intensity of the colour.
I think the bright red and the white and purple of the other tulips I combined them with
makes the dark colour of these tulips come out even better.
More of the bright red Doll's Minuet.
These would also look good by themselves in a container.
The white and purple ones are called Flaming Flag.
These tulips weren't as tall as the other two kinds of tulips they were combined with
but that gave the whole combination a very natural appearance.
All in all, I love how my mixing-up-the-tulips experiment turned out.
For next year I hope to find some different pastel colored tulips to combine.
Any ideas from your part are welcome, just leave a comment about it under this post.
It's very much appreciated. Thank you!
 One of my very favourite tulips must be the 'Queen of night' of which I had only a few bulbs in a separate container
but even just a few tulip bulbs are enough to create a sophisticated effect with tulips in this amazing colour.
 I'm glad I caught them on photo in time because as they started to bloom, a storm hit us and
it wasn't kind to the tulips, especially these 'Queen of night' tulips only had a short life
due to the stormy weather.
The Lilac bloomed beautifully this year
and I got to cut a lot of flowers from it
to put in large and small vases in the house.
The smell was amazing.

This little egg shaped vase was still hanging around since Easter
and perfect to hold some smaller branches.

 A simple glass jar always makes a great vase.

Even this old terracotta vase got filled with Lilac blooms.

 Behind the Lilac bush I discovered this surprise Lunaria.
A lovely surprise!
 Also blooming again in the border is this Geum Rivale I especially love
since it came from my grandmother's garden.
I'm normally not that fond of orange in the garden but these
little flowers are like little lights brightening up a dark and shady border.   
 I also love the thin long purple stems.
 More small flowers and more purple in the border from this
Geranium Phaeum Samobor.

The flowers are such dark purple they almost seem black.
I love this Geranium and I'm so glad I still have some left in the border.

 Really love the Bluebells as well.

 You had to do a bit of an effort if you wanted to see the Bluebells in our garden this year
as they were completely hidden under the huge Weigela bush that desperately needs a cut.
But I gladly dove/dived under it to put these lovely flowers on photo.
Luckily they don't mind being in the shade.
 Catching some light that passes through the leaves of the Weigela bush.
That bush wasn't blooming when I took these pictures but it is now.
It looks amazing, the size it's become, it's like a waterfall of flowers.
I definitely have to take some pictures of it before it's too late
and even more now that the weather isn't that nice to it either.

These bluebells are so different from the wild ones in the nearby forest
on the French-Belgian border I saw a while ago. 
If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen those pictures. 
Just go here if you'd like to have a look at my Instagram.
All pictures I show there are taken with my smartphone though,
not with my camera.
I did manage to take quite a few pictures of these hidden beauties
while crouching down under the Weigela.
 The elegant white Anemones on the above picture are Anemone Sylvestris.
I have them since last year and they are in a container and sofar doing
great in there. Wind and rain haven't been gentle to them but they
really endured it well.

 I took these pictures on one of those cloudy, windy, rainy days
which gave me this terrific white background.
Imagine me sitting/just not lying down
next to a pot of flowers taking pictures.

Really love how the pictures turned out though.

Here's one taken standing up, looking down at the flowers.
 And this one is from another day, when the weather wasn't that grey.
Like smiling faces right?
I just love Anemones.
So delicate and fragile looking but so resilient.

The first half of May was a delight in the garden.
So glad I could share it with you through these pictures.
Maybe they even brightened up your day?
The weather has turned to stormy again over here,
so they certainly brightened up my day.


16 opmerkingen:

  1. Your flowers are lovely Marian - like little works of art. I particularly love your photos of the lilac which I find difficult to photograph for some reason.
    Have you thought about planting any of the 'Parrot' tulips with their exotic colour combinations and frilly edges?

    1. Thank you Rosemary. I always have to change the settings on my camera when taking pictures in our garden because they would all be too dark otherwise and that's also how I photographed the Lilac coincidentally which worked well afterall. Maybe it's an idea to photograph the Lilacs on a higher iso and letting lots of light in(don't know the technical words for it, I just know how to do it on my camera but I hope you understand) in the future?
      Thank you for the idea about the exotic looking parrot tulips. That would really be an eye catcher, you're right. I'll keep it in mind when looking for tulip bulbs next fall.

  2. Marian ... Dit is echt genieten van een bloemige maand mei ...
    Dit komt natuurlijk door je schitterende foto's ... chapeau ...
    Fijne dinsdag ... lieve groetjes Valerie ♥

    1. Dankjewel Valerie, fijne dinsdag ook voor jou, ondanks het stormweer.

  3. Hoi Marian,
    Wat is dit genieten hè, van al dat moois dat er momenteel in de tuin te vinden is. Hier bij ons ook van alles in bloei. De tulpen zijn inmiddels al verdwenen, maar ik had ook een aantal soorten bij elkaar in een bak. Prachtig vond ik het... En die kleine geranium, die paarse, die staat hier bij ons ook te schitteren... Verder de akelei in verschillende kleuren... Ik blijf me telkens verbazen zo mooi als het is. Maar toppunt van dit alles is voor mij dit jaar de wisteria, die voor het eerst bloeit met al een flink aantal prachtige blauwe bloemen...
    Fijne dag vandaag,

    1. Hier zijn de tulpen ook al een tijdje verdwenen.Wat een geluk dat we er foto's van kunnen maken om er langer van te genieten hé ;) Met het stormweer waren de tulpen maar een kort leven toebedeeld dit jaar jammer genoeg. Gelukkig had ik in Keukenhof al mijn hartje kunnen ophalen dit jaar. Daarover moet ik nog een blogpost in elkaar frutselen.

  4. Je maakt echt prachtige foto's! Maar er staat ook heel veel moois in jouw tuin!

  5. Wat een heerlijke tuin foto's laat je ons zien .Je hebt echt heel veel moois in bloei. De Geum is ook een van mijn favorieten en ik ben blij dat ik er een paar heb staan .
    Groetjes Elisabeth

  6. Net terug van een heerlijk lang weekeind tussen de bollenvelden doorgebracht te hebben zit ik hier bij jou weer met m'n neus in de bloemen,wat heb je ze mooi op foto gezet, oooooh.......die anemonen,prachtig.

    Lieve groet,Ger

  7. Wat mooi allemaal zeg Marian....ik heb je een tijdje gemist...?...prachtig je tuin hoor!...liefs Ria...x!

  8. Je mag dan wel een tijdje weg zijn geweest, je valt met de deur in huis met de meest mooie foto's! Ze zijn prachtig, Marian...net als de bloemen zelf! Wat is dit een mooie maand hè, in de tuin valt al zoveel te genieten!

    Liefs, Ingrid

  9. Wat een schitterende foto's, Marian!
    En wat een mooie tulpen!
    Heel erg van genoten!

    Liefs, Gerry

  10. Wat een goddelijke bloemen explosie Marian, wat zijn ze mooi hé de
    vergeet me nietjes, mijn tuin staat op dit moment ook helemaal vol.

    Echt schitterend hoe je alles weer hebt vastgelegd, stuk voor stuk juweeltjes.
    Daar kan jij echt heel erg goed, mijn complimenten!!!

    Heb er van genoten.....


  11. Prachtige foto's Marian! Die van de seringen vind ik zo mooi en de anemonen met de witte achtergrond, een plaatje!!

    Lieve groet, Tjits

  12. Wat een prachtige foto's van je bloemen Marian, ik moet zeggen de een is nog niet mooier dan de ander, één van mijn favorieten is de Lunaria met als achtergrond de muur, gewoon wonderschoon!
    Groetjes, Janneke

  13. Absolutely gorgeous Marian!!! You have captured these blooms perfectly and now I am going to look up a couple of them and see where I could order them. That geum and geranium or lovely and I don't have either here. I must try to remedy that :)
    sending hugs....