Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for May 2022. Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, it’s suddenly hot like summer after a spring that never seemed to warm up.
Now everyone and every plant seems to be in a big hurry to get settled before real summer arrives.
I thought at one point that I’d try to see how many different pictures I could take that included violas in some form or fashion, like the picture above which includes columbine (Aquilegia sp.), Viola ‘Etain’, and a bunch of Sorbet Series violas that I unceremoniously booted from their containers so I could pot up summer annuals. I planted the violas out just to see how long they’d last and if they’d set seed and do a bit of self-sowing.
If you look closely, you’ll also see the last of some white trilliums (Trillium grandiflora) in bloom and the beginnings of blooms on sweet woodruff (Gallium oderatum).
But that’s not all, let’s keep walking over the the side of the garage.
That’s where I planted a border of pink flowers last year. It’s taking off now with some hardy ground orchids (Bletilla sp.), Clematis ‘Acropolis’, and newly planted pink gaura, Gaura ‘Rosy Jane’.
The bed is dominated for the moment by ‘Bath’s Pink’ dianthus.
“That’s a lot of pink, Carol.” It is a lot of pink and not all of the pinks match that well. But I like it, and that’s what matters, right?
To counteract the pink, how about some blue from an Amsonia?
Beyond the Amsonia you can see the bed of lettuce I’ve been picking from for a while now. Every morning, I head out with the basket from the salad spinner and pick lettuce for lunch. The bed to the right of the lettuce bed is filled with strawberries in full bloom. The bed to the left is weeds. Soon, though, it will be a corn patch.
Around in the front, Geranium ‘Biokovo’ looks great with those violas, doesn’t it?
I wish I could take credit for that combo but alas, that ‘Biokovo’ took itself right over there from another bed where I planted it. In that other bed, it doesn’t like nearly as robust.
This geranium reminded me of something Anna Pavord wrote in The Curious Gardener which I am currently reading.
On the other side of the house, I have three ‘Miss Kim’ lilacs which have only a few blooms.
I know why, though.
It’s because last year I cut these back almost to the ground to rejuvenate them. They are now one-third of the height they were before I whacked them back, on purpose. Next year, they should have a lot more blooms.
But elsewhere in the garden, other lilacs are in their glory.
If you have lilacs that aren’t blooming and aren’t sure why, you can check out this article about that very subject that I wrote for Family Handyman.
You know what else isn’t blooming right now? The peonies, including this ‘Bartzella’ peony.
I’ve been waiting three years since I planted this for it to finally decide it was ready to flower again.
When it flowers, I may follow the advice of a lost lady of garden writing, Alice Harding who wrote, “No garden can really be too small to hold a peony. Had I but four square feet of ground at my disposal, I would plant a peony in the centre and proceed to worship.”
I’ll pull up a chair and worship accordingly. Maybe I’ll give it its own blog post, too?
And that’s probably enough for this bloom day post. What’s blooming in your garden on or around the 15th of the month? Join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and show us. It’s easy to participate. Just post on your blog about the blooms in your garden, the come back here and leave a link in the Mr. Linky widget and a comment to tell us what you have to show us.
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence