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

Monday, May 21, 2018

My Garden - First Part of May

These are some pictures of my May garden (first half of the month).

May came fast, and the garden suddenly became full!

Hellebore is still blooming

New light weight pots are ready to be filled

My garden supervisor

 Major renovation here is underway: old lamium and oxalis are removed, there are no certain plans, will just try this and that until I get comfortable with a new 'skirt' for two fir trees.

Forget-me-nots are ruling in May!

After a couple of years of frustration with this Rodgersia, I found a new spot for it and realized that I should be frustrated not with it, but with myself. Rodgersia needed more sun and water than its original spot provided. Now, we both are happy!

Similar situation is with Bergenia - it started to grow and bloom only after I moved it to a new spot with more sun.

I love these simple bells.

These are some new plants, just a small part. Can you believe, I brought home 40 new plants from that swap?

Peonia on the left lost its blooms after a very wet early spring .

Vegetable garden provides kale, Swiss chard, parsley. For a salad, I like to add radishes and dry cherries, plus olive or avocado oil and some balsamic vinegar.

 Beet seedlings removed after thinning out also go to salad!

 Usually I don't buy a lot of annuals, but this season I want more color!

Beautiful, heavenly-blue Veronica gentianoides 'Little Blues' - one of my finds at the local Plant Swap.

Cut some lawn, added some space to an existing bed, planted it with  brunnera, primula, etc.

Robin's nest

In the container above - overwintered Abyssinian banana tree and Senecio Angel Wings

Lemon Lights Azalea

 This glazed blue pot is a garage sale find

Another overwintered Abyssinian banana tree is seen here

 Alliums, my love

Camassia is a new addition to my garden

 Former dwarf Azalea got tired to be small and after 10 years decided to grow tall!

Libertia is a beautiful plant. I love its white dots!

Small Deutzia gracilis

It took just several days for Rodgersia to change color from bronze to green

Native Decentra is not shy spreading in the shade garden

The leaves of this Hosta are huge

Geranium phaeum Samobor

Rhododendron Honey Butter on the left. I need to clip Escallonia which is crowding it.

My little Olive tree certainly loves our climate. It's getting bushier and looks happy!

After many years of losing the fight for primulas to slugs, I finally have healthy, not-damaged plants with big clean leaves and blooms!

Calycanthus floridus - such a delightful plant!

I love to watch how the sun is crawling to the garden

May is one of my favorite months in the garden.
Hope you are enjoying your May gardens too!

***Copyright 2018 TatyanaS


  1. So many lovely things happening in your gorgeous gardens... adore your photography! Larry

    1. Thank you, Larry! May is a wonderful month, isn't it?

  2. It's always a delight to tour your garden with you.

    1. Linda, thank you so much for visiting! Hope to see you at some garden tours!

  3. It's all looking beautiful! I noticed that you've added Camassias, and it looks like you have two species. Are they C. quamash and C. scilloides? I sprinkled seeds of C. scilloides in my garden, but I don't know if they're going to take. I think I might buy some actual plants to get them going. I also added quite a few Alliums this year, and I'm very pleased with the results. I'm moving more and more toward plants that rabbits won't eat.

    1. Beth, thank you! You are right, there are different C. in my garden. Camassia quamash 'Blue Melody' with variegated foliage and others (I'll try to find their labels). Last year, I bought bulbs and one plant in the pot (it performed the best). I adore alliums and try to add new bulbs every year.

  4. Your garden Supervisor has to be busy with such a vast amount of plants and blooms to patrol. That is one interesting Azalea.

    1. Hi Lisa! It looks like with age, he likes gardening more and more!

  5. Oh my goodness!!! Your gardens are so amazingly beautiful with so much diversity in lovely plants. It would be sheer joy to walk around with you enjoying it all. Thanks for sharing ~ FlowerLady

    1. Lorraine, thanks! You are welcome any time to come visit me and my garden!!!

  6. Your garden is bursting with color and new growth! May is a wonderful month in the garden isn't it? Your garden supervisor is doing a fantastic job!

  7. Looking beautiful as always! Do you pull the forget-me-nots, or trim them back? I have already pulled out my big ones for the year. I think I need to move a Rodgersia as well- but I am not sure where I would have a spot. : (

    1. Thank you, Heather! I pull them out since there are many small seedlings left.
      My Rodgersia lacked both sun and water. It was a right decision to move it. I feel your 'pain' - it's not easy to find a new spot in the garden! Good luck!

  8. Hello Tatyana.
    Lovely pictures. Your garden is so beautiful. I love it. Have a nice evening.

    1. Hanne-Lise, thank you so much for your kind words! Have a lovely weekend!

  9. I loved your garden mine is not in you class but you are welcome.

    1. Thank you Juanita! You have lovely garden and, the most important, you have your gardening partner/friend/buddy!

  10. The garden is looking magnificent. Thank you, Tatyana, for the eye-feast.

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Sue! I really appreciate it! Sorry, there is no words in this post - the gardening season is on!

  11. What a beautiful Paradise you have! Mine is not even half as big as yours, and I'm constantly working there... I can only imagine how busy you must be!



    1. Thank you for your comment, CIELO!
      We all are working bees, aren't we? Especially in spring!
      It was a pleasure visiting your blog!

  12. Isn’t May in the garden just especially delightful?

    1. Thank you, Robin! It is! Unfortunately, some plants are finishing blooming already! Fortunately, we have cameras!

  13. I was looking forward to seeing your May garden, and I was not disappointed. You have such a wonderful diversity of flowering plants. Your garden seems huge; 40 plants from a plant swap! What were the rules? Did you have to contribute 40 plants to come home with that number?

    1. Thank you, Deb! I recently got a thought - I am more a plant collector than a gardener. Plant collector buys one plant and gets happy even without knowing where to plant it; Gardener buys 3-5-7-etc. plants and knows where those plants will go in the garden.
      As for the swap, there were no strict rules. I brought 30 plants from my own garden and left with 40. They invited people with and without plants to swap. Some visitors brought cookies and left with plants or seeds!


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