The birds are singing, the skies are blue, the garden is lush and green. New blooms show up every morning and bring with them bees and butterflies and a true sense of renewal.
Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for May 2019.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, spring has been cold, and wet, and slow moving.
I like the slow moving part because it has stretched out the bloom of the garden, both in making some flowers, like tulips, last longer, and in making other flowers, like columbine, bloom later.
At least we’ve not gotten any frosts for a while, so that’s good!
Today, rather than taking you on a heading spinning walk around the garden to see dianthus, tulips, alliums, columbines, Spanish bluebells, hardy ground orchids, camassia, irises, blue dogbane, and even a few clematis in bloom, I thought we could just relax and focus in on the columbine and allium.
First up is columbine. In my garden most of them are the non-native Aquilegia vulgaris and many of them are double-triple petaled frilly things which brings to mind their other common name, Granny’s Bonnets.
Many years ago, and by many I mean 20 years ago, I planted out some seedlings of ‘Blue Tower’ and ‘Pink Tower’ and most of the columbine blooming today are seedlings from those that have sown themselves about the garden.
What’s nice about them is they’ve crossed and crossed and crossed amongst themselves so I can’t rightly say that I have any of the original cultivars today.
But they are pretty no matter the color.
I also have a few that are more typical of a variety known as ‘McKana Giant’, which are also probably seedlings of the original plants I bought a few years ago.
Somewhere out there in the garden, I also have a yellow columbine, but I haven’t seen it this year. It sometimes blooms later so I’m still hopeful and waiting for. Isn’t that how gardening is sometimes? We are hopeful. We are waiting.
And there are some native columbine, Aquilegia canadensis, in the garden, but I forgot to look for them when I was out taking pictures!
You can’t go wrong with any columbine. They are free and easy in my garden, coming up all over from seeds. But I don’t mind. If they show up where I don’t want them, I just pull out the seedlings which aren’t deep rooted at all.
Moving on, the alliums are jumping up all over the garden.
They are nice and bright and make for some good focal points while the rest of the garden continues its slow march toward summer.
What’s blooming in your garden on the 15th of this month? It’s easy to join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and show us. Just post on your blog about the blooms in your garden and then leave a comment below to tell us what you have and a link in the Mr. Linky widget to tell us how to get to your blog.
And always remember,
We can have flowers nearly every month of the year. ~ Elizabeth Lawrence