Magnificent May

I decided it was time to take a walk around my garden and enjoy it instead of just working in it!

Along the roadside the wild cow parsley is doing an excellent job of hiding the taty remains of the daffodils.


Outside the conservatory a pot of aquilegia is flowering


On the way up the hill to the veg patch I pass a rhododendron


At the top is a copper beech tree. As a child living on the edge of Manchester we would often go into Heaton Park where there was a huge copper beech which I loved. So we planted one here.


In the greenhouse most of the apricots I so lovingly fertilised with a brush fell off! But the peaches are hanging on so here’s hoping.


In another part of the greenhouse nasturtiums overwintered and are flowering again. I love them for their beauty but also eat the leaves and flowers in salads


In the veg beds I couldn’t bear to pull up these forget-me-nots and the peas don’t seeem to mind!


This apple tree is extra special because I grafted it myself. (The less said about the others which didn’t take the better!)


If I carry on into the woods the bluebells are flowering.


I am so lucky to have all this.

9 thoughts on “Magnificent May

  1. carolee May 10, 2020 / 11:40 am

    You are indeed lucky! Such a pretty “jail” during this lockdown. We all need your reminder to take time to really view and enjoy our gardens, rather than just work in them. I’m VERY prone to “only see the weeds” rather than the blossoms!


  2. tialys May 10, 2020 / 11:50 am

    My garden is a little wild in places like yours seems to be which I love. Neither Aquilegia nor Bluebells are keen on the climate here so, along with foxgloves, I look forward to having those again if/when we return to the U.K.

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    • Going Batty in Wales May 11, 2020 / 9:58 am

      ‘A little wild’ is being very kind! I sometimes think it is jungle warfare with the jungle always winning – but I enjoy it and it has its pretty parts and its productive ones. I hope you are able to get on with looking for a new home soon.


  3. Jasmine Dale May 10, 2020 / 12:08 pm

    Seeing your flowers was a gift from heaven today, thank you! I’m going to sow my saved calendula seeds now and stop worrying about where i might plant them, perhaps they’ll invite a garden to me.
    also, reflecting on the last blog and the litter…there is quite a lot on my lane these last months and sometimes I’ve found bits of my own recyling nearly a mile away..I’m wondering if the new style rubbish trucks, look fancy, though are leaving a trail of litter along the lanes?


    • Going Batty in Wales May 11, 2020 / 10:01 am

      I am so glad you liked the pictures. You will find somewhere to put those calendulas! It must be so frustrating being unable to make progress towards your new home.

      I agree that some of the rubbish is dropped when the bins are collected or when animals raid the bags left out but some of it must be dropped from cars – no-one near here buys sandwiches or drinks red bull! I will gradually collect it all but will try to do it when I am in a good mood next time.


  4. nanacathy2 May 10, 2020 / 2:12 pm

    I think copper beech is my favourite tree of all- hope this doesn’t sound morbid because it isn’t really- I have asked when the time comes for a woodland burial and I would love a copper beech then.


    • Going Batty in Wales May 11, 2020 / 10:05 am

      It doesn’t sound morbid at all! When my husband died it was very helpful to know what he wanted to happen at his funeral (cremation, ashes scattered in the garden, fireworks and fizz) and we added in the things we needed to do to say goodbye ( each grandchild putting something in the coffin, letting off balloons at the scattering, choice of music). Asking for your favourite tree sounds wonderful to me.


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