They arrived very early but were over far too quickly with the hot dry weather at the end of April and early May, that is my alliums in the front garden.
It is Allium 'Purple Sensation' though I think there are a couple of rogue bulbs in there too, which flowered a bit later, not sure what variety that was.
There a few plants in there that really need to go, that don't quite match the colour scheme, such as the blue Lithodora 'Heavenly Blue', but I can't quite get the courage to dig up one of my favourite plants, I'm taking some cuttings this year so if they take and I get some new plants then I might move it.
One corner of the plot has a lovely plant combination which I'm quite proud of, the combination of the Allium, the pink Persicaria bistorta 'Superba' and the Weigela with the dark purple leaves and pink flowers.
In the back garden one of favourite flowers at this time of year is the foxglove, I have one that self seeded in my cutting garden it looks magnificent. I've just sown some for next year and have potted up some seedlings that have seeded themselves around the garden.
Another flower loved by bees is the Nectaroscordum siculum ssp bulgaricum (a bit of a mouthful, had to look up the proper name), which has lovely delicate bell-shaped flowers, cream flushed with pink and green. Here is a bee's eyed view!
I have a dilemma in my back garden, I got free from a gardening magazine an oriental poppy which was supposed to be 'Patty's Plum' which is a dusky pink variety of poppy. I planted it but the one that is growing is no dusky pink, its vibrant orange! I have to say I tried to move it last year but it survived and grew again this year and before I knew it it had buds on so I left it. The first flower opened the other day and I have to say it is stunning with the sun through it.
It looks good against the dark purple leaved Acer but doesn't really go there I don't think, I'll let it flower again this year and then decide what to do.