Early May sees the last of the tulips, and the very welcome first perennials, giving us scope for bouquets like this:

May Bouquet

Perennials include Bistort, Heuchera and Hosta leaves, lovely geums, and perennial cornflowers. Not forgetting the first biennials either, Hesperis and Forget- Me-Nots.

Also it’s the short season for Lily of the Valley, wonderful little waxy scented bells.

Lily of the Valley

May also means Bluebells – Spanish and English. I always toy with digging up my Spanish Bluebells and replanting with English, although the Spanish ones are very prolific, a wonderful colour, and stand up well in bouquets so maybe they have earnt their place.


The warm and dry weather we’ve been having means the tulips have gone over fast this year, however, the alliums are coming on, and everything in the cutting garden is gearing up for Summer with lots of new growth and nice fat buds!

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Flower Grower/Florist and Garden Designer based in Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria UK