The Flowers That Bloom in the Spring (Tra La)
A great deal can happen in the garden between the first of May and the middle of the month. Much depends on the vagaries of the weather, and we’ve had a surplus of vagaries this year. In this two week time span, some flowers fade and others emerge.
Every inspection of the garden at this time of year inspires excitement and discovery. Let’s review a few of the flowers that are making me particularly happy in mid-May.
For some reason, the rabbits forgot to chew the Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaritica) down to the ground this year, and so there are several patches of these enchanting blue flowers growing close to the ground.
A week ago this corner was full of the cheerful yellow flowers of Celandine Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum). Now it’s the turn of Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum) a North American native that likes shade and blooms earlier than hardy Geraniums from other parts of the world.
The lavender flowers are simple, but they make me smile.
The palm-shaped foliage is nice, too.
The dangling yellow-green flowers of Wild Currant (Ribes americanum) are now on display. Not showy, and yet I find a patch of Wild Currant in bloom deeply satisfying.
Wild Currant is a plant with a cast iron constitution. It will spread, but is not hard to contain. Birds love the berries. It dominates the understory of the southeast corner of our back garden.
The first of the peonies to bloom. For a long time I thought this was Paeonia anomala but now I think it might be P. tenuifolia. Any peony experts out there?
Bleeding Hearts (Lamprocapnos spectabilis).
They grow happily with Ostrich Ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteris) in the front foundation bed. The ferns were getting a little too rambunctious last year, and I had to dig some out. I was afraid I had seriously damaged the roots of the Bleeding Heart in the process, but apparently not.
There are also some white Bleeding Hearts by the garage.
This is the second year our ‘Golden Raindrops’ Crabapple has been in the back garden. I was astounded by the masses of flowers in clusters and trusses all over this young tree. The light was such that Judy couldn’t get a good photo of the whole tree, but here’s a pretty good picture of some of the flowers. ‘Golden Raindrops’ blooms later than the ‘Donald Wyman’ Crab we have in our front garden.
Ah, Lilacs (Syringa vulgaris). Kind of a dull shrub most of the year … but that fragrance! I planted this one by a window on the east side of the house, thinking we could catch the scent indoors. Only later did I realize that this window had been painted shut.
OK, now I’m going to show some plants that I’ve already shown on recent posts. Sorry, I can’t help it. I am so glad I planted patches of Prairie Smoke (Geum trifollium) by the front sidewalk. Between the flowers and the seed heads, it has a very long season of interest. Definitely a conversation starter with passersby, but you need a decent-sized mass to have an impact.
Also, we’re in the final days of this year’s tulip season. Still enough color to have an impact at the front door, but not for much longer. There are just three varieties that are still going strong.
Goodbye, ‘Ballerina’, see you next year!
Same to you, ‘Kingsblood’!
Parting is such sweet sorrow, ‘Annie Schilder’.
What flowers are making you happiest in your garden right now?