Welcome to May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day this fine May day. I have flowers blooming, flowers budding, and flowers fadng! Here are some pictures of a few of them. On the side there is Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’.
This next flower is a mystery to me. I should know the name of it but I don’t. Can anyone help? I assume it is the Allium family.
This is a creeping veronica, Veronica repens ‘Sunshine’.
And the star of every Indiana garden, the state flower, the Peony. These should be fully in bloom by next weekend. This is a passalong plant from my Dad.
My best performing clematis is this White Solitary Clematis, Clematis integrefolia ‘Alba’. It’s a shrub type and does require some support, or it would sprawl all over the ground.
I tried to keep the gnome out of this picture of the Japanese Iris, but couldn’t. You just don’t say “no” when the gnome wants to be in the picture. There might be consequences, mysterious happenings in the garden, if you know what I mean.
I tried but didn’t get everything planted last week while I was on vacation. Now that I am back to work, these purchased plants will have to wait awhile longer before I can plant them in their summer homes.
And look, the robin’s eggs have hatched in the crabapple tree in front!
That’s enough pictures. Now the lists.
First, the fading flowers. “Wish you’d stopped by last week because they were really something to see then, but now there are just a few flowers hanging on, relunctant to say good bye so soon.”
Allium (Allium karataviense, I think)
Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis, a passalong plant from one of my sisters)
Helleborus x orientalis (Lenten Rose)
Lilacs (Syringa patula ‘Miss Kim’ and Syringa meyeri)
Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)
Miniature Iris ‘Smart’ (newly purchased!)
Snowball Bush (Viburnum opulus ‘Sterile’)
Strawberries (I see little strawberries coming on as the flowers wane!)
Tulip ‘Deidre’, a late bloomer
Variegated Kerria (Kerria japonica ‘Picta’)
Violas and pansies
Next, fully in flower, or at least a few flowers beyond the bud stage
Beardlip Penstemon (Penstemon barbatus ‘Nana Rondo’, blue flowers)
Blue Dogbane (Amsonia tabernaemontana)
Blue False Indigo (Baptisia, ‘Purple Smoke’)
Catmint (a passalong plant which is probably Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’)
Columbine (Aquilegia ‘Tower Blue’, ‘Tower Pink’, another double purple that I don’t know the name of, ‘Black Barlow’, and a single-flowering purple one that also has no name.)
Creeping Veronica (Veronic repens ‘ Sunshine’)
Daisies (probably Ox-Eye Daises, Leucanthemum vulgare)
Dwarf Columbine (Aquilegia flabellate ‘Cameo Mixture’, also newly purchased)
False Forget-me-Not (Brunnera macrophylla)
Mystery flower, some kind of Allium?
Snow-in-Summer (Cerastium tomentosum)
Snowmound Spirea (Spiraea nipponia ‘Snowmound’)
Spiderwort (Tradescantia ‘Blue and Gold’)
Spiderworts in various shades of purple (probably Tradescantia virginiana)
White Solitary clematis (Clematis integrefolia ‘Alba’, a shrub type clematis, but it does need support)
Woodbine Variegated Honeysuckle Vine (Lonicera periclymenum ‘Harlequin’)
Next, those in the bud stage, too shy or too stubborn, to be fully a part of bloom day! Sometimes plants just do their own thing, in spite of any coaxing or cajoling you might do to get them to bloom!
Coral Bells (Heuchera ‘Petite Pearl Fancy’, it’s part of my miniature garden along with the dwarf columbine listed above)
Cranesbill (Geranium passalong plant from my sister, variety unknown, but they are pretty)
Cranesbill (Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Karmina’ and ‘Biokovo’)
Dead Nettle (Lamium maculatum ‘Aureum)
Mockorange (Philadelphus ‘Buckley’s Quill’)
Peonies (passalong plants from my Dad and a friend at work, plus one I bought called ‘Shirley Temple’)
White Flower Carpet Rose
And finally, here’s a list of some of the annuals I purchased for containers.
Amstel Begonias (‘Camilla’ for hanging baskets)
Argyranthemum ‘Madeira Deep Rose’
Cleome ‘Linde Armstrong’ (a dwarf cleome I had last year and loved how it performed)
Double Impatiens (white and pink, plus a variegated leaf one called ‘Fiesta Ole’ Peppermint’)
Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’ (another winner from last year)
Geranium (Pelargonium, white)
Lantana (lots of lantana, first year I’ve tried them)
Laurentia ‘Beth’s Blue’
Osteosperum (two kinds, one white flowering, the other purple)
Verbena (white, purples)
Wax Begonias also known as Fibrous-rooted Begonias
Zinnia (Cherry Profusion)
I am sorry to report that the Deutzia, (Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko’) which should be flowering now, does not appear to have survived the “winter of April ‘07”. Please take a moment to remember how it was last year.
What’s blooming in your garden today?
Please join us for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day by posting on your blog what’s blooming today in your garden, and then leave a comment here so we can find you and visit to see all your pretty flowers.
If you don’t have a blog, feel free to list your blooms in a comment below.
If you have too many blooms to list or not enough time, just go with your top 10 list and join us anyway. And botanical names are strictly optional! All are welcome!
And I’ll end with one more picture. This is Tradescantia ‘Blue and Gold’. It’s a morning bloomer and I took most of my pictures the evening of the 14th, so I borrowed this from a post last spring. I promise it is blooming like that now!