Welcome to Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day for May 2009.
Though summer seems not too far off, the garden in the middle of May still has a fresh feeling to it here in USDA hardiness zone 5b. The mornings are still cool, and the weeds seem easy to pull after more than enough rainfall in April and now May. I measured over two inches of rain just yesterday.
But in spite of the rain, we've had enough sunny days that blooms are opening as fast as I can notice them.
Clematis 'Pink Fantasy', newly planted late last summer, just started blooming a few days ago, and now greets visitors as they come up the front walk.
I hope it continues to bloom throughout the summer.
In the back garden, the shrub clematis, Clematis integrifolia ‘Alba’ has also just started to bloom.It's never been so full and fresh as it is this year. Must be all that rain!
Nearby, the blue flowering C. integrifolia 'Rooguchi' is still too small to bloom but I'm happy it came back this spring since I didn't give it the best care after I planted it last summer.
It should go well with these double columbines, Aquilegia 'Tower Blue' and 'Tower Pink'
I started these from seed years ago and they've come back reliably every year. They even self sow themselves a bit, coming true from seed. For that reason, I have them scattered throughout the garden.
Another blue flower of spring is the Blue Dogbane, Amsonia tabernaemontana.
Out in the front garden, this slow growing vine, Woodbine Variegated Honeysuckle Vine, Lonicera periclymenum ‘Harlequin’, is blooming, but the bloom gets lost in the foliage.That's okay, I bought it for the foliage.
I bought these Deutzia shrubs last year because I had to pull out some ivy choked Deutzia the fall before and I missed their white blooms.This one is Deutzia gracilis 'Duncan', sold by Proven Winners as 'Chardonnay Pearls'. I still think more gardeners should plant Deutzia in their gardens.
Finally, out in the vegetable garden, the 'Snowbird' peas are starting to bloom. And I see blooms on the strawberries and grapes, and tiny apples forming on the lone apple tree.
Looking back on previous bloom day posts, I think the list of what is blooming now is more like 2007 than 2008. I still need to finish my complete bloom day list, but promised some other garden bloggers that I would provide a list of the perennials I've purchased and planted this spring. Here it is:
Newly Purchased Perennials and Roses
Agastache 'Summer Glow' (Hummingbird Mint, a bit of a risk since it is listed as hardy to zone 6, I hope it isn't a self-sower.)
Anchusa azurea (Italian Bugloss, I don't know much about it, but don't think it is a thug.)
Aquilegia 'McKana Hybrids' (A light, clear yellow and white bloom.)
Aquilegia vulgaris 'Clementine' (A salmon rose colored double flower.)
Bletilla striata (Hardy Orchid, I also this bought last year, but one didn't return.)
Callirhoe involucrata (Poppy Mallow, I bought it because "Call-ir-hoe", get it? It's really pronounced "kal-ir-OH-ee", and yes, it is a self-sower that I hope I don't regret!)
Campanula carpatica 'Blue Clips' (Bellflower)
Campanula carpatica 'White Clips' (Another Bellflower)
Campanula garganica 'Dickson's Gold' (Yet another Bellflower)
Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Tiny Rubies' (Big name for a little dwarf Dianthus)
Digitalis 'Waldigone' (An unusual peachy yellow foxglove)
Digitalis 'Mertonensis' (A pink foxglove.)
Geranium (Still figuring out the variety.)
Iris 'Mister Roberts' (Another dwarf iris to go with my other dwarf irises)
Knockout Rose 'Radsunny' (Bought 3 of them)
Lagerstroemia indica 'Coral Filli' (Only gets 18" tall, hardy to zone 4. I probably need to explain why I decided to plant a crape myrtle in my garden. )
Oenothera 'Cold Crick' (Sundrops, I hope I don't regret it)
Phlox paniculata 'Laura' (I should have bought this years ago)
Phlox paniculata 'Orange Perfection' (Why not?)
Salvia x sylvestris 'Mainacht' (May Night, I've wanted this one for awhile, bought 3)
What's blooming in your garden this month of May?
We'd love to have you share your blooms with us on the 15th of each month by joining us with your own Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day post. Just post on your blog about what is blooming this month in your garden and then come back here and leave a link to your blog post in the Mr. Linky widget below along with a brief comment to let us know you've posted.
The rules are simple... no rules! You can include pictures, lists, no lists, common names, botanical names, whatever you’d like to do to showcase your blooms. All are welcome!
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence