The Tuesday View: 2nd May 2017

It’s been raining all morning but it looks as if the sun might make it later after all. Nonetheless, I thought I had better take some pictures of my Tuesday view now (2.30 pm) in case it starts raining again…

The most noticeable change is the green trees in the background and how the Lysimachia and Geraniums in the foreground have grown.

Lysimachia on the left, Geranium in foreground

This lovely Geranium spreads like mad, but I pulled a lot out in early spring to give the other plants some breathing space. The Lysimachia also gets pulled up here at regular intervals to keep it in check!

Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Czakor’

These buds should be open by next week. 🙂

I have already got a few of my favourite Geraniums flowering – G. phaeum. Do you have a favourite Geranium sort in your garden too?

If you would like to join me in showing one particular view of your garden on a weekly basis, to follow its progress through the gardening year, please leave a link below!

43 thoughts on “The Tuesday View: 2nd May 2017

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  2. Cathy all looks very green and very pretty. The Geraniums are beautiful and if they are a little invasive better, they help to plug empty holes. The Lysimachia with the raindrops is very pretty. All its jadín exudes freshness and tranquility, besides beauty. Have a happy week Greetings from Margarita.

    • The invasive Lysimachia and Geraniums are only allowed in this part of the garden as it is so dry in summer – usually – which keeps them in check! Last summer was very wet though, so they managed to spread a bit more than usual!

    • Oh yes, the glorious month of May has so much promise in it! I am waiting for my Aquilegias to open as the buds have appeared from nowhere over the past few days!

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  4. Echoing everyone in saying your garden is so green and lush – I have found, like Christina, that geraniums don’t do very well up on my top slope. Since I planted them in the bottom of the garden they are much happier. My favourite is ‘Mrs Kendall Clarke’ and also a little dark-leaved no-name that seems to have started seeding about below. But I can only dream of having to pull them out like you do – I do like G. macrorhizzum so much – there are too many to choose! I decided to join your meme because I have a border I’m not happy with and I thought your meme might help me focus a bit. Here is my bit …

    • My Geranium phaeum loves a very dry spot in full sun and keeps going until it gets really hot in high summer. A couple of years ago I was suddenly able to divide plants to fill gaps and could give some away or just pull them up too. It took about 8 or 9 years to get to that stage though! 🙂

  5. I don’t know my Geraniums names, I try and pick them up here and there from friends gardens as I love them for the bees sake and for my sake as they are great ground cover for me as they take the baking sun or survive in shadier spots if I put them there. Amelia

    • I just looked that up – very pretty with a dark centre. I think I like G, phaeum so much because it is such a tough little plant, but with so dainty flowers. 🙂

  6. Things really have grown! I love geraniums – I have at least six species. They are tough, can take sun or shade, have great flowers, scented and textured leaves…what’s not to love?

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    • Yes, most of my Geraniums spread too, but this one is very ambitious if allowed to be!. Glad you have joined in with the view. 🙂

    • My garden looks tidy? Oh, I must have managed to point the camera in the right direction! 😉 Focussing on just one area really helped me in the past, so hope it helps you focus on this new view too. 🙂

  8. I am so glad to see how you highlight your geraniums, Cathy. Sometimes I think they are underated. They grow so easily in our climate and are often neglected a little, which means they survive the heat but may lose some of their showiness. My mother in law taught me to really love geraniums, and I love the big red blooms, I’m not very good with their names! 😀

    • You are right Debra. There are so many lovely geraniums available now, I think one for every single position, soil, climate etc! I also grow the annual sort with big flowers (pelargoniums) in pots. In fact almost everyone has them in pots or window boxes here in summer! I am going to the garden centre tomorrow to pick out the display I plan for this year! 🙂

  9. Oh, your spring border is so marvellously green and it loooks as though the recent storm was kind to you. I agree that left unchecked the geranium macrorrhizum can be a bit of thug, but it’s useful and attractive in a mixed border or as a carpet of ground cover. Do you like the smell of their leaves?

    • Yes, the storm wasn’t as bad as I thought – despite some strong winds the only plants to suffer a bit were the tulips. Oh the smell of those geraniums is rather pungent! Not nice, but somehow so familiar I don’t mind it. I hate the smell of Stinking Herb Robert though!

  10. Your garden is growing so fast now! I have no geraniums; I enjoy lantana similarly for its ability to cover ground, including dry ground, vigorously. And flower freely. Then I hope I won’t have too much difficulty controlling it… 😉 So far just hacking it back at the edges has worked well enough. Climate makes such a difference – lantana would be entirely killed by a cold winter, but it is an invasive in areas that receive more rain! Here it is merely vigorous – I think!
    No lantana in the South Border, though 😉 … here is my post:

    • I am going to a garden centre tomorrow to choose some annual flowers for summer containers and am keeping my fingers crossed there will be a white Lantana! I would even be pleased with a yellow one, but they are nearly always orange here. Will be right over to see your view Amy!

    • Many of mine keep flowering all summer, but are most proliferous in the early summer. Some wilt if it is very dry, or the leaves may get singed, but most are pretty tough! Some of them have lovely reddish-orange-tinged foliage in autumn too. 🙂

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