I've told you all about the potted Nemesia and Lavender I've planted already. The big surprise which welcomed me home at the weekend was the pictured Philadelphus 'Virginal'. Until now it's been quietly skulking at the back of my side border without me noticing what it's been up to. My reward for this laissez-faire attitude? A shed load of nostril pleasing blooms brightening up this shaded part of the garden. Just along the fence from here, the musky scented 'Rambling Rector' rose has exploded into life and is not only enlivening my fence, the flowers are also making a skywards bid to take over the ash tree on the neighbouring public land.
As usual there are plenty on non-scented flowers in bloom, far too numerous to mention. I've noticed that many of them have smaller flowers this year, though their numbers aren't diminished. The same applies to all the wild flowers waving away on the roadside verges at the moment, particularly the luminous ox-eye daisies. I'm putting this down to the months of less than average rainfall we've had: though of course now an official drought has been declared for several counties in eastern England, it's started to rain.
This is a completely different post to the one I'd originally planned to bring you this month. Just over a week ago I had a case of 'four seasons in my garden' as there was Clematis cirrhosa var. 'balearica' (winter), Aquilegia 'Mckenna hybrids' (spring), Dahlia 'Dark star' (summer) and a white Cyclamen hederifolium (autumn) all in bloom at once. However, a week away has seen the cyclamen run to seed and the petals falling from the dahlia. It would have made such a pretty collage to show you, but is sadly not to be.
However, I'm still amazed at how nature constantly surprises us. We can usually come up with one example flowering out of season in our gardens, but to have representatives from each season at once is a new one for me. I put it down to the crazily crazy weather we're having ;)
Any surprises in your garden this month?
Garden Bloggers' Blooms Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.