Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for May 2020.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, we have had a few frosty nights recently—not unexpected, but not welcomed either. There was some damage to a few plants but it wasn’t horrible and unrecoverable.
I did follow up with a Zoom meeting with the annual flowers and veggie plants to reassure them that summer is going to arrive eventually. Until recently, they were spending time in the sunroom and on the back of my pick-up truck, which made it easier for me. I could back the truck out of the garage during the day and pull it back into the garage at night.
As of now, I believe frost is finally in the rearview mirror of this growing season so it is full-planting ahead. On to the blooms!
If you had to choose a flower to put on a calendar to represent May, which one would you pick? I would have to go with columbine, Aquilegia.
I do believe that most of the columbine that self-sows around my garden are offspring from hybrid varieties that aren’t native to the United States. At one time, I did have the native columbine, Aquilegia canadensis but I didn’t see it on my quick tour of the garden to snap these pics.
That doesn’t mean it isn’t there. It just means it didn’t catch me eye out there.
The columbine comes in a variety of colors from dark purple to almost white. Many are double-flowering, a few are single-flowering. All show up where they planted themselves. I no longer remember, or care, where I actually planted them.
Elsewhere in the garden, there are swaths of blooms. One needs those to avoid the “dottiness” of single specimen flowers here and there.
This is snow-in-summer, Cerastium tomentosum.
It’s kind of a one or two-week wonder and then it is a silvery groundcover.
Just down from the snow-in-summer is a swath of Cheddar Pinks, Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Bath’s Pink’
If you could just smell it!
And then there are Spanish bluebells, Hyacinthoides hispanica.
These bluebells can be a bit aggressive and want to dominate through self-sowing so I deadhead them each year.
Elsewhere in the garden, the peonies are still in tight bud. Frosty nights and cool daytime temperatures have kept them from being in full bloom as they usually are this time of year.
The alliums have also endured those frosty nights and seem none the worse for them.
Two more flower pics and then I think we’ll move along to see what you’ve got blooming.
How about some common ox-eye daisies.
And the first of the salvias?
There is more to see, but that’s a pretty good representation of what’s blooming here at May Dreams Gardens in the month of May.
What’s blooming in your garden? We would love to have you join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and show us. It’s easy to participate. Just post on your blog about the flowers in your garden on or around the 15th of the month and then come back here and put a link in the Mr. Linky widget to show us how to get to your blog and leave a comment to tell us what you have for us to see.
And remember, We can have flowers nearly every month of the year. ~ Elizabeth Lawrence