Bloom Day for May

Tomorrow is Bloom Day, a chance for us to give a monthly overview of everything in flower in their gardens. Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is hosted by May Dreams Gardens, where you can find a link to Bloom Day posts from around the world.


Bloom times this year have been rather topsy turvy. Most plants are starting late, a few (such as the Tulips) are finishing early. It hasn’t been a bad May, but it’s certainly not been one of the best.

Anyhow, let’s start with those plants that are almost at the end of their run, beginning with the last of the Tulips. The photo above is Tulipa ‘Little Princess’, a hybrid species tulip.

DSC_0891The deep red ones here are ‘Kingsblood’.

DSC_0989The White Trilliums (Trillium grandiflorum) are still in bloom, but the flowers are fading and taking on a pinkish hue.

DSC_0006Just as the Hellebore flowers are fading to a light green.

DSC_0908The Celandine Poppies (Stylophorum diphyllum) flowers are at the end of their season, and the plants are full of nodding seed pods. Time for a bit of editing to keep this charming wildflower from achieving world domination.

DSC_0930I took the photographs for this post, and I wasn’t able to get the correct light for the pics of the Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis). Though they are past their peak, the Bleeding Hearts are still looking pretty good.


Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum) are in full bloom, but have not yet formed the wispy seed heads that give this species its common name. For some reason I lost quite a few Prairie Smoke over the winter. This is odd because the season was by no means severe. Too much moister, perhaps. Either that or I allowed some of the plants to get smothered by their larger neighbors over the summer.

DSC_0956This was the best year ever for our Common Lilac (Syringa vulgaris).

DSC_0961Looking up at the Lilac blooms against the second story of our house.

DSC_0997Our patch of Prairie Trillium (Trillium recurvatum) displays its maroon flowers and mottled leaves. Funny how this clump just stays the same size, or so it seems. It combines nicely with the last of the Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica).

DSC_0928After the Tulips are done, the Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) become my first love. So beautiful, so delicate. This is the Columbine species native to Eastern North America, and I do prefer it to all the other species.

DSC_0936 The last tiny blue flowers of False Forget-Me-Not (Brunnera macrophylla) make a nice background for the Columbine.

DSC_0953The Wild Columbine started blooming just a few days ago, but has not hit its peak. The last of the False Forget-Me-Not (Brunnera macrophylla) make a nice backdrop.

DSC_0016Also coming into its own is Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum).

DSC_0898A good, mounding groundcover for shade or part shade that can take care of itself. I like to grow it in the shadow of taller, sun-loving plants.

DSC_0901Mostly the flowers are lavender, but there is also a white-flowered form.


‘Kit Kat’ Catmint (Nepeta faasenii) has begun to bloom along the west-facing edge of the Driveway Border.

DSC_0911Bees absolutely love the tiny blue flowers.

DSC_0979Last fall I planted some Red Baneberry (Actaea rubra). The flowers are tiny, but in summer this plant bears highly ornamental (though poisonous) red berries.

DSC_0882Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ just started opening this weekend.

DSC_0884Love the rich purple color. The flower clusters are not yet full-sized.

DSC_0897Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea) is showing the first of its flat yellow clusters of tiny blooms.


Early warmth followed by extended cold has been confusing our poor plants. This weekend we seemed to get seasonal temperatures for the first time. I hope the warmth continues, and enables all the blooms to become reoriented. In the meantime, happy Bloom Day!

43 Comments on “Bloom Day for May”

  1. Lovely to see all your blossoms in spring, blue flowers and shrubs seem to attract more bees than other flowers … Or is that just my imagination? I tried to buy some of your lovely Ballerina tulips … But none in stock here I’ll have to wait till next year.

  2. What a lovely selection of plants for May! Our weather has been difficult this spring. Temperatures have fluctuated, there have been late frosts and hardly any rain. On a happier note, Geum triflorum looks very pretty. I will have to see how it does in the UK.

  3. Lots going on in your spring garden Jason; I think you are right and it is wet/damp that has damaged some of your plants. I’ve noticed that plants can survive a lot more degrees of frost if they are in very free draining soil. I like the various Nepeta you have.

  4. Your blog and pictures are always a pleasure. And I so agree with you regarding the beauty of wild columbine. I have some columbine cultivars that seem to have thrown out some seedlings this spring and I am hoping the offspring come out a little wilder than their parent plants.

  5. Seeing tulips now when mine are so long gone (including the foliage) is nice. I wish I had planted some A. ‘Purple Sensation’ this year. They don’t come back for me and I have to replant every year-in a frenzy to order tulips I often forget about the other stuff!

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