Wednesday, May 15, 2013

What's Blooming Today

Last month's Bloom Day post was titled "March Blooms in April", and as of May 15 we are still running quite a bit behind schedule. Most of what's blooming this mid-May day are plants we'd normally expect to see in late April. The heat has been really cranking up lately though - it feels like we're skipping "real" May entirely and advancing directly to June. Argh, my favorite month has been annihilated!

There are some blooms though. In my backyard patio bed, tulips and daffodils are going strong. I just planted this area last year.

Tulips 'Purple Prince', 'Monte Carlo', and 'Sweetheart', Narcissus 'Katie Heath'

My rose-garden-in-progress is still pretty bare. I haven't finished planting it up yet. A few things are blooming though, like these cute little species tulips and a spurge.

Lamb's ears with Tulipa humilis 'Little Beauty', Euphorbia polychroma (Cushion Spurge), daffodils

There is also a patch of lamium is in full swing here, with some crunchy looking old hyacinths that need some serious deadheading.
Lamium maculatum 'Orchid Frost', Hyacinth 'Pink Pearl'

Most of the daffodils are worn out or gone now, but in this shady corner a few fresh-looking ones remain. Nearby is the ferny foliage of polemonium caeruleum (Jacob's Ladder), which should start blooming soon.

Narcissus 'Ceylon' and 'Ice Follies'

No peonies in the peony bed yet, but these 'Abba' tulips are blooming there now accompanied by candytuft. I grew the candytuft from seed last year, so this is the first year for it to bloom. Another spurge is developing its showy bracts here as well.

Blooming: Tulip 'Abba', Euphorbia 'First Blush', Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft)

I do actually have one peony bloom already: a species peony, paeonia anomala. This may be unfair because it already had a bud on it when I purchased it recently. I'm not sure if this is its normal bloom time or not, but it is said to be one of the earliest of peonies to bloom, so could be. The flower is small but the contrast between the magenta petals and the golden stamens is striking. This guy looks fairly awful because he was only recently liberated from his pot.

Paeonia anomala
Some perennials are blooming in the shadier parts of my garden too. Here is the shady border along the side of the house, with bergenias, white daffodils, and Bleeding Hearts just ramping up.

Bergenia cordifolia 'Winterglow', Narcissus 'Thalia', Dicentra spectabilis

Blue woodland phlox is looking cool here with 'Thalia'. Male ferns uncurl their fronds nearby.

Phlox divaricata 'Blue Moon' and Narcissus 'Thalia'

The pulmonaria has been slowly cranking out blooms for a while now. The flowers start out raspberry pink, then fade to a pleasing dark blue. I think the spots on pulmonaria look icky, but this particular cultivar has nearly clean silver leaves.

Pulmonaria (Lungwort) 'Majeste'

The Canadian redbud tree is in its full glory. The amelanchier flowers have fallen, and the lilac is just beginning to form buds. Last year (admittedly bizarrely early), the lilac put out buds in March and bloomed in early April.

Cercis canadensis (Canadian Redbud)

In my "orchard" (ha), the brand new pie cherry is blooming nicely. Will there be cherries in its first year? Seems too good to be true... so probably not. It's pretty anyway.

Tart cherry 'North Star'
Now head over to Carol's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day to see what else is blooming in gardens across the world this month!


  1. Hello there Spurge !
    You have such pretty combinations here with your tulips .. I have to take some notes from you : )
    My lamium is blooming so nicely too .. I have orchid frost and purple dragon combined .. with Provence lavender in the bulb circle.
    The Ballerina tulips look more red than orange this year .. I find the lily lip tulip hold up much longer for some reason.
    I have Flame peony from a couple of years ago .. but now I am waiting to see how Green Lotus looks since I just planted it last year, I am very curious to see if it looks like the pictures I have seen ..
    Yes .. our Springs have been annihilated too .. not fair since that is the easiest month ? to work in .. haha
    Very pretty post !

  2. Such a lovely collection of spring flowers, I can't believe you have speeded up spring and now are just skipping May, here in London we still have weather more like in February, cold! I have been out in the garden today with my winter jacket and thick scarf on, it was just 10 degrees C and a chilly wind, it was cold.
    Your tulips look lovely and I wish I had room to let my lamium spread like yours, it looks great like that. I'm afraid in such a small garden as I have, the lamiums get a snip here and there many times a year to stay in their place!
    Happy GBBD :-)

  3. You have a very nice selection of blooms and I love the photos of your Eastern Redbud. We are a little behind this year as well...the weather has been up and down so the blooms are behind. Your gardens are looking lovely!

  4. Hi, Rebecca!
    The hyacinths 'Pink Pearl' have nice color, I have only white and blue ones. I love pinky hyacinths, are they fragrant?
    Interesting last photo of cherry 'North Star'. Is this edible or ornamental cherry?
    Happy Blooming Day!

  5. Love the Lamium/Hyacinth very classy! We had a few weeks where it seems like we skipped May and June and jumped into July...ugh! Luckily, cooler, wetter weather has returned...a relief for me AND the garden ;-) Happy Bloom Day!


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