Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for May 2010.
May. I’ve waited all year for it.
Not only is the sky blue, the grass green, and the garden all new again, but the blooms are big here in my USDA hardiness zone 5b garden.
Big like these peonies.
I dug these up about ten years ago from my Dad’s stand of peonies that grew on the south side of our house. That probably explains why I used them as a foundation planting at my house, and didn’t think to put them out in to the perennial border somewhere. This fall, I will carefully move some of them to the new perennial gardens being made now. I won’t move all of them, though, just in case the ones that I move don’t make it. I don’t want to risk not having them at all.
Big like Baptisia.
Or rather big like the overall effect of the Baptisia australis, which lures you back for a closer look. I want more Baptisia. I read somewhere that if you cut off the fading blooms, it may rebloom a bit. I think I’ll try that this year.
Big like iris.
Well, big like some people’s bearded irises, sometimes call “flags”, which I don’t have blooming in my garden. Instead I have these medium big Japanese-type irises.
Big like swaths of daisies.
Even if these are plain ol’ weedy ox-eye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare), I still like having a few of them blooming in the garden.
Big like roses.
These are the Knockout® Rose, Radsunny. The blooms start out yellow and then fade to a creamy white.
Big like alliums
I planted these last fall and already I can’t remember which variety it is.
… like the last fading lilac blooms still perfuming the air with their heavy, sweet scent,
… like the double flowering columbine flowers still hanging on, held high above the other plants of the garden,
… like the nodding bell-shaped flowers of Clematis integrifolia ‘Alba’, pictured above
… like the blue of the Amsonia tabernaemontana, blue dogbane, a shade of blue that reflects the sky,
… like the strawberry blooms promising hundreds of sweet strawberries in a few weeks.
But amidst all the “bigness” of May blooms, out back in the shade of the locust tree, is a small bloom, one I’ve been waiting for, checking each day to see if the buds had opened, hoping it would bloom by today. And when I went out to take a round of pictures for bloom day, there it was… the first bloom of the hardy orchid, Bletilla striata.
Many people are surprised that orchids actually grow outdoors and survive our winters here in Indiana. I believe, based on some online research, that there are actually about 43 species of orchid that are native in Indiana.
This particular orchid in my garden, Bletilla striata, is not a native orchid, it comes from China. It is easy to grow, is hardy to Zone 5 but should be given a little extra mulch in the fall and planted where it won’t stay wet all winter. In the spring, it should be protected from late freezes.
Most of my little stand of these hardy orchids have been through two winters now. I’m hoping they spread a bit and form a nice clump here, so that all the blooms together can one day join the ranks of “Big” in my garden in May.
What’s blooming in your garden on this beautiful mid-May day?
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 entice us to virtually visit your garden.
The rules for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day 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. You can post early, you can post late. We are grateful for whatever you share with us. Thank you, and all are welcome!
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence