U.S.A., Washington State. USDA zone 8a. Sunset climate zone 5

Sunday, May 31, 2015

May Garden. End of the Month.

May garden is always a delight. Everything is healthy and fresh, colors are not washed out, but saturated and bright.
The terrace garden, as always, is a bit chaotic, very casual and full of plants grown from last year seeds. I never mulch this place, and let the plants self-seed.

The view of the back yard from the terrace garden

Peony Coral Charm (above) and Green Lotus (below)

I love such wild, cottage look in this part of the garden. This is my countryside!

I am pleased with the collection of columbine of different colors that seed profusely  year after year.
It's important to remove extra seedlings so that they do not  take over the garden.

Calla lily chooses spots to grow  itself. Several times, I tried to relocate it, but it knows where to grow best.

Foxglove is a staple in my garden

Libertia  Amazing Grace 

First dragonfly this year:

Look what I found!  The picture of the terrace garden in June 2004 after we just moved to our house.

I clearly can see that the trees around grew up considerably, and the sunny hours of the day decreased.
In other parts of the garden:

Climbing rose Don Juan

Hosta is having a ball this spring.

This Rhododendron benefited the most from the huge alder tree been cut down in 2013. It loves sun!

 Mother's Day gift from my boys

 Ligularia seen in this picture is going to be removed from my garden. I failed to protect it from slugs. No more wasting time to spread slug bait, coffee grounds, etc., etc.

 Different types of mint escaping the pots and spreading in the kitchen garden.

 If it's hosta, we'll eat it, whatever they say about slug-resistant types....

 New fig tree. I hope it won't mind having not a full day of sun...

 Japanese maple  Deshojo is changing spring pink color to summer green

 Another  Deshojo maple behind the house

 New feature this year - non-clumping bamboo along the garage wall. I hope it's not too close to the wall.

All in all, May was  a good month for my garden. I missed two weeks while travelling in Europe. I always bring some ideas from the gardens I visit there. I need to post more pictures, especially from one of the English gardens where we had an honor to talk and walk through the garden with its Head Gardener.
See you soon!
I am joining  Helen at The Patient Gardener’s Weblog 
***Copyright 2015 TatyanaS


  1. Your terrace garden is looking good -- all your garden is looking good actually -- and I remember well how lush and colorful it was when we visited last year. How interesting it is to find the old photo!

  2. Your garden is looking great Tatyana, I have been scrolling up and down it was a delight to watch it. I noticed the wonderful Cistus roses and Libertia in your garden and I wondered if they are hardy enough to overwinter in your garden, apparently they are. I have a Libertia and the same Cistus rose which overwinter in the greenhouse, they definitely cannot stay in the garden in winter, it's the combination of wet soil and frost they don't like. The one posing in front of the bench is the beauty of the day!

  3. Your garden is amazing it looks so mature. Even after two years mine still needs a lot of work. Your lupins are particularly interesting, the flower heads are very open quite different to the ones I am used to seeing.

  4. AnonymousMay 31, 2015

    Your garden looks fantastic. I am glad I found this blog (I am zone 8 as well with cool summers days always less than 75F) The plant selections that you have are stunning! I love the lupines and the columbines. We grow many of the same plants, but you have such a talent for putting them all together and creating wonderful vistas! Matt

  5. May really is the peak to a flower garden, isn't it? Even though I'm two zones below you, it's a similar time. Every day there are new blooms at every turn. It's simply marvelous!

  6. What a difference since 2004! You have created a paradise of wonderful plants. Everything is so lush and colorful in May. I love your columbines, as well as the cute bunny! (Surely he only eats weeds!)

  7. It's always a pleasure to visit your beautiful garden

  8. Tatyana, beautiful photos of your beautiful garden, thank you for sharing, Frances

  9. As always, lovely photos, flowers and foliage. You have quite the eye for beautiful things in the garden. And I'm looking forward to the photos from your travels.

  10. Your photos are stunning, Tatyana, as always. I adore that wild cottage look, too. And I love the before-and-after pics. P. x

  11. AnonymousJune 02, 2015

    It looks amazing and I love that we have so many similar plants despite a vast ocean between us. Thank you for joining in again

  12. Your garden is always a treat to visit and your photos are gorgeous, thanks for letting me have a stroll around :-)

  13. Your lupine, peony, columbine and foxglove picture are absolutely gorgeous! I loved the picture of the sun filtering through the ferns too.

  14. Oh I adore your gardens and wow the terrace garden from 2004 until now is amazing. I have some areas where I love to let flowers seed around....that candid bunny shot is priceless..."Who me!"


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