A week into May the rain stopped, the temperature rose a little and the skies cleared, bird song increased in volume and in response the garden had a burst of growth. Fledgling Robins, although only hours out of the nest began to follow us around the garden as we worked as if they had an inbuilt knowledge of the link between gardeners and Robin food.
Leaf buds on trees and shrubs started to unfurl and herbaceous plants looked greener and fresher with the new leafy growth. Flower buds fattened ready to open in the next few days.
The surge of growth will hopefully allow Mother Nature to catch up a little. The rose bushes are often clothed in fat buds a few of which burst before the end of the month, but at the moment their leaves are still not fully out. Similarly the flowers of the Cercis are usually out now flowering on the bare stems and trunk but their buds are tight shut while the foliage is bursting into life.
Our fruit trees do not want to miss the fun – their leaf and blossom buds burst into life.
Flower buds are bursting – they do not want to be left out!
The most unusual coloured new buds appear on our two miniature Horse Chestnuts.
8 replies on “May’s Burst of Growth”
Your photos are spectacular as are your plants. Enjoy such beauty.
Thanks Judy. We enjoy our garden so much, working in it and relaxing in it.
Your plants are putting on quite a show.
They are indeed and look better every day.
Ah May, and to top it off, sweet little robin babies asking for your attention. Doesn’t get much better! Margie
Lots more baby birds due to fledge from nest boxes soon too.
Yes I’d say Salmon pinky orange with some green in there too. What you seem to see most clearly at this time of year is the layers of colours as if the salmon is lying on top of the fresh new green. That’s me thinking of watercolour painting – no doubt the science isn’t so simple.
Aren’t horse chessnut flowers exotic – I wonder if they last in a vase ? – Graha
Hi Graham. Thanks for your comments. Not sure about chestnuts as cut flowers – I guess they may droop. Unfortunately plant science is rather challenging!