Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for May 2016.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, we are off to a great start to the growing season.
Well, almost a great start. As I write this, the weather forecasters are uttering words like “patchy frost”. I’ve moved my tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants inside for now We’ll see how things improve in the coming days before I take them back outside and plant them out in the Vegetable Garden Cathedral.
In the meantime, no threat of patchy frost will temper my excitement for all the blooms in my garden and for this gardening season, which I am sure will be my best one yet.
After all, isn’t it the month of May that makes us fall in love with gardening all over again?
Here’s a peak at just a few of the blooms.
Up first are the first two nearly open blooms of Clematis ‘Rooguchi‘ with Salvia ‘May Nights’ in the background. They are both in Plopper’s Field where I plop in new plants wherever there is a blank spot and it looks the new plant will get along well with those around it.
After years of plopping plants in Plopper’s Field, it’s getting a bit full and, as always, I should spend a bit of time weeding it.
I’ll do that soon, but in the meantime, I’ll enjoy the Salvia and chives.
And some daisies, too.
These are the quite common Ox-eye daisies, Leucanthemum vulgare. Once you have these daisies, you’ll always have these daisies as they self-sow readily.
Plopper’s Field is also home to several columbine, Aquilegia sp., including this seedling.
I didn’t plant it there, but I take credit for leaving it there.
Across the way, in the border called Bird’s Blanket, because it is in the shade of a honey locust tree and I placed some bird feeders near the edge of it, the first hardy ground orchid, Bletilla striata, is blooming.
These ground orchirds have been returning faithfully for several years, though the new foliage almost always gets zapped by frost in April and thereafter looks a little ragged. Who cares though? I’m growing them for the flowers!
What else is blooming? How about Dianthus ‘Bath’s Pink’?
I’ve got a nice stand of it that I’m going to whack back once it finishes blooming because it has spread beyond it’s allotted space. But I can’t whack it back until it is done blooming because I garden with certain rules and principles of my own making and one of them is “Let the plant finish blooming before you move it”.
Did I mention columbine? They are blooming all over right now because I don’t usually dead head them until the seed heads have released their seeds.
The columbine, which some call Granny’s Bonnets, are providing a lot of bloom right now.
Later, the columbine foliage will just hang around, not bothering anyone.
One of my favorite columines is this yellow one.
Behind it is a nice stand of pink columbine. Names and varieties you ask. Sorry, I couldn’t find their tags.
And nearby, the species Aquilegia canadensis, is flowering
Those blooms always look like they are ready to take off and fly away, don’t they?
Elsewhere in the garden, Amsonia is in full bloom.
There are more blooms, many more blooms, in the garden, and lots of buds, too. But I don’t want to take up everyone’s time so we’ll call it good with these blooms, and maybe this bloom, too.
This is one of several Alliums blooming right now.
What’s blooming in your garden right now? We’d love to have you join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and show us. It’s easy to participate and all are welcome. Just leave a comment below about what’s blooming in your garden and then leave a link in the Mr. Linky widget to help us get safely to your bloom day post.
And remember, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence