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.
The deep red ones here are ‘Kingsblood’.
The White Trilliums (Trillium grandiflorum) are still in bloom, but the flowers are fading and taking on a pinkish hue.
Just as the Hellebore flowers are fading to a light green.
The 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.
I 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.
This was the best year ever for our Common Lilac (Syringa vulgaris).
Looking up at the Lilac blooms against the second story of our house.
Our 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).
After 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.
The last tiny blue flowers of False Forget-Me-Not (Brunnera macrophylla) make a nice background for the Columbine.
The 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.
Also coming into its own is Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum).
A 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.
Mostly 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.
Bees absolutely love the tiny blue flowers.
Last fall I planted some Red Baneberry (Actaea rubra). The flowers are tiny, but in summer this plant bears highly ornamental (though poisonous) red berries.
Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ just started opening this weekend.
Love the rich purple color. The flower clusters are not yet full-sized.
Golden 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!