Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for May 2015.
I hardly know where to start here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana. We’ve had a wonderful spring, for the most part. There are flowers everywhere and lots of lush, green growth.
I’ll start with a new-to-me-this-year flower, Clematis integrifolia. This is one of those clematis that isn’t a vine, and so far this one is standing up on its own, unlike dear ol’ Clematis integrifolia ‘Alba’, which is lying along the ground, calling out for some means of support.
|Clematis integrifolia ‘Alba’
I have stated before my love of Clematis and there are several others blooming now about the garden. They are competing for my affection with all the columbine, Aquilegia sp.
This little dwarf columbine is only about six inches tall.
I also have a dwarf pink columbine, but it is nearly bloomed out.
Nearby is this dark blue columbine.
It looks a bit like the Clematis, doesn’t it? That’s because both Clematis and Aquilegia belong to the same plant family, Ranunculaceae. I remember back when I was in college taking a class in Plant Taxonomy, which I loved by the way, I was not all that impressed with the Ranunculaceae family. But we all change, and now I am in love with many flowers in this family. I could do a whole post on my love for the Ranunculaceae family, but this is bloom day, so let’s move on to this border of blooms.
In front, the Spanish bluebells, Hyacinthoides hispanica, in white, blue and pink. They are easy, reliable bulbs. And yes, the pale flowers in the back are columbine. They are offspring of ‘Tower Blue’ and ‘Tower Pink’, two varieties I grew from seed back in the day. I just scattered the seed and waited to see what would come up.
I never let columbine seed go to waste, and the self-sown columbine all over the garden are a testament to that fact.
Another bulb I planted last year for the first time also showed up for bloom day.
This one is a mouthful of Latin, Ixiolirion tartaricum ssp pallasii, known by several common names including Lavender Mountain Lily. It is supposed to be a good naturalizer. Time will tell.
What else is blooming here at May Dreams Gardens? Lilacs, of course. And daisies.
And gillyflowers. Don’t forget the gillyflowers!
|Dianthus ‘Bath’s Pink’
And salvia, geraniums, strawberries…
You get the idea. It’s May in May Dreams Gardens.
What’s blooming in your garden today for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day? Show us! We’d love to see whatever you have blooming. Who knows, you might have something blooming that we must all get!
It’s easy to participate. Just post on your blog about what’s blooming in your garden and then leave a comment here to tell us what you have for us to see, and then put a link to your post on the Mr. Linky widget.
Then say it with me, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence