Garden at the end of May

French lavender
Bottom of the garden
Geranium Phaeum
Blue geranium – this didn’t flower last year but it is looking super this year
Blue geranium from the back
Californian lilac
Honeysuckle and clematis – this covers a really ugly wooden fence
Wildflower patch

Wildflowers and clematis

Here are some more of the “proper” pictures I took of the wildflower patch.

Foxgloves and mysterious blue plant
Foxgloves and mysterious blue plant
Cow parsley
Cow parsley
Clematis and honeysuckle
Clematis and honeysuckle

Both the clematis and the honeysuckle are far more rampant than they were last year – they’ve wrapped themselves together and got into the trees above them.

Dread weeds

Until a few days ago, I had this giant, cabbagy weed immediately in front of my clematis.

It was a monster
It was a monster

I have no idea what it was called but I was afraid to get rid of it, in case I damaged the clematis.  I try not to use any weedkillers – partly because I have herbs dotted around the garden and use them in cooking and partly because I don’t think they are very good for the garden overall.  Plus, if the weed was tangled up in the clematis, there is some risk that the weedkiller gets picked up by the clematis.

My husband ended up using this long handled, twisty tool to hoik this up.  I had considered this but had been afraid that I would damage the roots.  However, I don’t think my husband will have.

Here's it's root
Here’s its root

It was a prickly beast with an almost carrot-like root.  We’ve left it on the driveway because there’s no way this is going on my compost heap.

Pruning!

So I went ahead and cut back my honeysuckles, clematis and jasmine.  This is a bit hair-raising; my natural instinct is to cut everything back as hard as I can in the hope that it all springs back to life and remains ever youthful.  However, this does not always work.  When I was eight I did exactly this to my Mum’s clematis and it died.  She still mentions it and it was THIRTY YEARS AGO.

Honeysuckle (left) and clematis (right)
Honeysuckle (left) and clematis (right)

I also fed the climbers with some clematis food (this is meant to be once a week but it’s so damn wet here, I really don’t think they need any more moisture).  My jasmine is not doing all that well – I think it is in too shady a spot.  I had imagined it would cover the wall with fantastic white flowers, feeding bees and generally being beautiful.  Unfortunately, I think this is the sort of thing that only happens in west London.