Posted by: christinelaennec | May 31, 2013

An Aberdeen garden at the end of May

This morning it was warm and sunny – rather unreal for Aberdeen!  And the garden was looking lovely.  I thought I’d show you:

Clematis montana and an azalea just about to flower, view from the front gate.  My garden, Aberdeen, 31 May 2013.

Clematis montana and an azalea just about to flower, view from the front gate. My garden, Aberdeen, 31 May 2013.

The “Shirley” tulip bulbs I ordered from Clare Bulbs in Suffolk.  The bluebells are probably Spanish interlopers, rather than native ones.  I think this is so because they come in pink and white shades as well.  They are very invasive, but lovely.

"Shirley" tulips, my front garden, Aberdeen, 31 May 2013.

“Shirley” tulips, my front garden, Aberdeen, 31 May 2013.

The laburnum tree looks set to provide us with some lovely blossom this year.  And I must say that the camassia bulbs (the tall purple ones) are incredible goers.  I planted them (again from Clare Bulbs) about eight years ago and the only care I have given them is to divide them once.

Camassia bulbs (and stray poppies and tulips) under the laburnum tree.  My garden, Aberdeen, 31 May 2013.

Camassia bulbs (and stray poppies and tulips) under the laburnum tree. My garden, Aberdeen, 31 May 2013.

The front garden becomes shady now that the laburnum and the birch have added their shade to the cedar tree’s.  There are still some white daffodils in flower in pots.

My (half of the) front garden, Aberdeen, 31 May 2013.

My (half of the) front garden, Aberdeen, 31 May 2013.

In the back garden, I love the delicate alpines.  When we first came here, there was a rockery, which after tending lovingly for a few years we dismantled to make room for other things.  We took the best plants and stones and made a little rockery area here.  As you can see, I’m not exactly a neatnik with the lawn edging!  I will get the half-moon spade out and neaten things up for the new owners at some point.

saxifrages in the back garden, Aberdeen, 31 May 2013.

saxifrages in the back garden, Aberdeen, 31 May 2013.

My neighbour and I were chatting over the wall the other evening, and he said that he reckons the apple tree is about 60 years old.  I do love its blossom:

Apple blossom hanging over the wall from our neighbours' house.  Aberdeen, 31 May 2013.

Apple blossom hanging over the wall from our neighbours’ house. Aberdeen, 31 May 2013.

Here is some columbine that I grew from seed, with a backdrop of purple columbines, poppies, achillea and foxglove.  And a pot of mint:

Columbine in my back garden, Aberdeen, 31 May 2013.

Columbine (McKana’s giants?) in my back garden, Aberdeen, 31 May 2013.

And look at this!  (Sorry the photo isn’t better, I was having to lean over something else and couldn’t see very well.)  I can take no credit for this beautiful plant – a blue poppy given to me by the former church gardener, a very generous man who has passed on so much knowledge to me over the years that I was doing the church garden.  Isn’t the colour just amazing?!

Blue poppy (meconopsis sheldonii, I think), my back garden, Aberdeen, 31 May 2013.

Blue poppy (meconopsis sheldonii ‘G. Taylor’, I think?), my back garden, Aberdeen, 31 May 2013.

I wish everyone a lovely weekend and start to June – the ‘Young Month’ in Gaelic (an t-OgMhìos).

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Responses

  1. Beautiful garden and flowers. I am envious.

  2. What a lovely garden!!!

  3. Your garden looks so pretty. I love blue poppies,
    No, the midges haven’t arrived here in the highlands yet – but any day now I expect!

  4. Your garden is very lovely, Christine. We lost our Lamium in our ice storm the year before last and I miss it’s lovely scent and golden chains. Yours is beautiful. I love your clematis and the blue poppy is very special. xo

  5. What a lovely restful garden. I would just like to pull up a chair and bring a book to sit and read for a bit. I quite liked the picture of your laburnum tree with all the flowers around the bottom of it.

  6. What beautiful sunny May weather, and a glorious garden to enjoy it in. I love the saxifrage, such an interesting plant. The new owners are getting something a bit special along with the house.

  7. Looks as if spring has at last arrived love all the beautiful flowers especially the blue poppy

    Susan

  8. Beautiful garden! I like how your blue poppy looks like a fairy dancing in teh air. I thought you’d be in Glasgow by now. I’m catching up with you latest posts…

  9. Thank you for all your kind comments. I’m sure the future owners will do new and interesting things with the garden, and I hope they’re as happy in it as I am.


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