Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for May 2012.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, we are seeing blooms in mid-May that we don’t normally see until early June, including those of the Japanese tree lilac, Syringa reticulata ‘Ivory Silk’.
This is good because the other lilacs in the garden which would normally bloom in time to cut a big bouquet of them for Mother’s Day bloomed out several weeks ago.
At the base of the tree, an unnamed passalong sedum ground cover is also in full bloom.
I’m usually quick to cut these blooms back when they are still buds to neaten up the garden, but I haven’t gotten around to it. In full bloom, they are a magnet for gigantic, slow-moving, loudly buzzing bumble bees, so I’m leaving them for awhile.
Elsewhere in the garden, there is a nice flush of blooms on the geraniums.
I apologize for not knowing which one this is, but I find that as I continue to garden, I’m less interested in knowing the exact names of some flowers. “True Geranium” will have to be good enough for now.
I do know the name of this clematis and can almost hear them “ring” throughout the garden.
This is Clematis ‘Pagoda’.
And this is Clematis integrifolia ‘Alba’.
I just let it creep along through the Ploppers’ Field, my border of plants that are just plopped in wherever there is room for another plant In the background Salvia and Penstemon have been blooming for a good while.
Elsewhere in the garden, roses, false indigo, more Salvia, Penstemon, Amsonia, garden peas, and columbine have been blooming for several weeks, including, finally, my long coveted yellow columbine.
I’ve wanted yellow columbine for years so was happy to see these in my garden this spring.
Finally, I’ve decided each bloom day that I should stand in the same spot to show a long view of a garden border so I can see how it changes each month. I chose a spot that shows most of Ploppers’ Field.
It doesn’t look like much right now, but just wait until the daylilies in there start to bloom.
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