May Blooms.


The month of May has seen Our Garden@19 blessed with high temperatures by day, cool nights and thunderstorms.

The surviving flowers have put on a wonderful show.

Hopefully some of these will continue to flower for our NGS opening on June the 9th and 10th, to be joined by more still to come.

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How has your garden survived the May weather?

‘The Mad Month of May.’



March is usually considered to be the ‘mad’ month of the year. Here at, May qualifies due to so many ‘events’ taking place.

This weekend the Hanley Open Gardens takes place over the three days of the bank holiday weekend. Our Garden@19 will be open on the Sunday and Monday. (Spit and polish between the showers).

The following weekend is the RHS Malvern Spring Show  described on their website as “Set against the magnificent Malvern Hills, our spring festival is packed with flowers, food, crafts and family fun.” A good introduction to the ‘Gardening’ content can be found here on the Chatty Gardener Blog   We will be there, one day, helping on the National Garden Scheme  (NGS) stand.

Winchcombe Gardening Club have invited me to give a presentation to them on the 16th, this is my sixth visit, they either enjoyed the talks or are trying to get their monies worth!

The following Saturday our gardening club, The Black Pear Gardening Club, is holding a Gardener’s Market, there is also a Worcestershire HPS meeting that afternoon which I would like to attend, timing will be tight!

The last weekend in May is another Bank Holiday and friends of ours are opening their garden in Worcester, for the NGS on two days, where we will be helping with teas and plant sales.

(Plant propagation has been an on going process for some time, preparing for the garden openings sales table).

June is a much quieter month, we only have our NGS opening to organise on the 9th and 10th June. (More spit and polish). It all adds up to make life interesting!


What is keeping you ‘active’ in May?

Daffodil delights & Narcissus narcissism.


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Narcissi are one of the delights of spring. Here are some that brightened the spring in Our garden@19, from the smallest


Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete’


Narcissus ‘Jetfire’.


Narcissus ‘Jumblie’

to the weird.


Narcissus ‘Rip van Winkle’

To the big and blowsy


Narcissus Pseudonarcissus subsp. obvallaris. The Tenby Daffodil.


Narcissus Pseudonarcissus subsp. obvallaris. The Tenby Daffodil.

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King Alfred.


Narcissus ‘Thalia’.

The next few pictures are of unknown varieties.


To seeing double. I don’t know where this one came from, it could have been among plants that came from my Great Aunt’s garden.IMG_3391

Version 2Narcissus admiring his reflection in a pool in a Hanley Swan garden.

Have you had some lovely narcissi to admire this spring?

An Alpine Spring Welcome.


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Welcome to Our Garden@19.

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Alpine boxes and Pots


Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete’


Narcissus bulbocodium var citrinus. Hoop Petticoat Daffodil.


Ipheion ‘ Alberto Castillo ‘


Ipheion ‘ Alberto Castillo ‘


Arabis procurrens ‘Variegata’


Tulip clusiana


Hepatica Triloba

All we need now is some Spring weather!