Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for May 2013.
Ah yes, the merry month of May, the month when the sky is blue, the grass is green, the sun is warm and the garden is all new again. I dream of the days of May…
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, we are still enjoying a relatively slow start to spring. I can see from looking at past bloom day posts that many plants are blooming about a week later than in past years.
In Plopper’s Field, the alliums are dominating the other blooms which are mostly all buds.
I planted these giant alliums in the fall of 2011, so this is their second spring to bloom. I’m happy see they’ve returned. They had a rough start because I realized after I planted them that I had planted them upside down. Good thing the bulbs have a sense of direction and know which way to send the roots and which way to send the shoots.
Near the patio, gilliflowers, Dianthus, are starting to bloom.
I realize gilliflowers is not the most common of common names for Dianthus, but I discovered it this past winter and like it, so I’m using it. Maybe it will start a trend?
These dwarf columbines are flanked by two growing swaths of blooming Sedum ternatum under the honeylocust tree in the garden border I call Bird’s Blanket.
The dwarf columbine plants have been confined to some containers on the patio so these must have come up from seeds blown into this garden border. I think I will transplant the rest of the dwarf columbine in the containers to this garden border and move that sedum to another garden border. It looks a little thuggish here.
I have other columbines growing throughout the garden, progeny of Aquilegia ‘Tower Blue’, ‘Tower Pink’ and ‘Black Barlow’ that I grew from seed a decade or so ago.
I rarely deadhead my columbine until the seeds are ripe. I scatter the seeds around the garden and let the columbine come up wherever they like it. It’s a sin to weed out a columbine here at May Dreams Gardens.
I have a new shrub blooming on the edge of Woodland Follies, at the beginning of the path I call Ridgewood Avenue. (Yes, you can ask me why I call my garden path Ridegewood Avenue, or follow the link for the answer.)
This is a black chokeberry, Aronia melanocarpa ‘Autumn Magic’. It should have great fall color and fruit that the birds will eat, eventually. The fruit is very sour, sour enough to choke on, so it won’t be their first choice meal.
At the other end of the Woodland Follies garden border sits this large snowball bush in full bloom.
This is Virbunum opulus ‘Sterile’. I think once it finishes blooming, I’m going to figure out how to cut it back just a little bit.
There is more blooming in my garden – after all it’s May. I have strawberries blooming in the Vegetable Garden Cathedral and tulips still blooming in the front garden. The quamash is in bloom and will soon be joined by blue dogbane, ox-eye daisies, and salvia. And because it is a slow spring, I think I’ll have time to enjoy it all.
What’s blooming in your garden in this month of May?
We’d love to have you share your blooms 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