These May days, these glorious, sun-drenched (sometimes rain-soaked) May days, are the FOLO days in the garden. There are so many blooms that we are seeing the First Of, and right beside them are blooms we are seeing the Last Of for the season. FOLO…
I’m now enjoying the last of the tulips, a species tulip, Tulipa marjoletti. All the other tulips are quite ready to be dead-headed.
The Korean Spice Viburnums, Viburnum carlesii, showed their last blooms weeks ago, it seems, and I won’t see or smell those blossoms for another year. But they were quickly replaced with the first blooms of the Snowball Viburnum, Viburnum opulus ‘Sterile’.
These blooms have no scent, but in May, I don’t need scent from the big old-fashioned Snowball bush viburnum because I have the scent of lilacs nearby.
I’ve already seen and smelled the last of the common lilacs, Syringa vulgaris, which bloomed in April. Now, I am enjoying the scent of the smaller Syringa meyeri.
And in a few days time, the first blooms of the ‘Miss Kim’ lilacs, Syringa patula ‘Miss Kim’ will open and fill the side garden with their scent.
In the vegetable garden, I’ve already harvested the first of the lettuce, spinach, and radishes. I hope it doesn’t get too hot too soon so that the days of the last of these cool season crops is as far off as possible.
I know the hot days of summer are coming, though, because I saw the first of the Marguerite daisies, probably Leucanthemum vulgare, bloom yesterday.
I hope you are enjoying these Spring FOLO days, with the last of some blooms and hopefully the first of many more blooms. Is there any better time in a garden than this?