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Mid-May Blooms

We’ve had a chilly, rainy May so far in southern Connecticut, but regardless of the weather, May always delights the senses.  Here’s what’s blooming around my piece of Earth.

Compact white lilac

Compact white lilac

 

 

 

 

 

 

lilac Syringa vulgaris 5-09

Common lilac - Syringa vulgaris

Lilacs – both a compact white variety and the common lilac-colored Syringa vulgaris.  For hints on bringing lilac blooms inside see a previous post.

 

 

 

 

Sweet Woodruff

Sweet Woodruff

Lily-of-the-Valley

Lily-of-the-Valley

Parital shade lovers – Sweet Woodruff above and Lily-of-the-Valley to the left.

 

 

Eastern Red Columbine

Eastern Red Columbine

Eastern Red Columbine, one of my amateur phenologist choices for Project Plants.

 

 

 

 

Azalea flower

Azalea flower

 

Azaleas –

raspberry-colored,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compact pink azalea

Compact pink azalea

 

 

and a compact pink variety.

 

 

 

 

Wood hyacinth 5-09

Wood hyacinth

 

 

Wood hyacinth just starting to open.

 

 

 

Just opening chives

Just opening chives

 

Chives – newly opening.  Watch for my future post on how to use chive blossoms.

I’m closely watching for iris, peony, and clematis blossoms, and waiting for columbine  – shared from my sister’s northern California plants – to brighten some shadier spots.

To experience blooms elsewhere, visit the Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day links at May Dreams Garden – a true mid-month treat.

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Focus on flowers – Early spring narcissi

Is it possible to have too many narcissi?  From early through late spring, gardens brighten with the pure yellow, six to eight inch tall Tête-à-Têtes, or taller stands of yellow or white blossoms, or combinations of white and orange, white and pink, white and yellow, white and peach, white and red, white and green, yellow and orange, and so forth, in single or double flowers.  Some fill the air with sweet scent while others simply offer their cheery petals as their smile on the day.  After a long winter stretch with no flowers to cut from my gardens, I love to bring these blossoms close and indoors.

narcissi-edited

 

But rather than plop blooming bunches into a vase, I like to accompany them with newly sprouting branches of neighboring bushes to present a more natural looking bouquet, by adding, for example, nearly blooming high bush blueberry branches as in the photo below.

narcissis-and-blueberry-branches_edited

 

The last narcissus hurrah in my yard comes in late spring when my all time favorite Poet’s Daffodil (Narcissus poeticus recurvus) blooms.  Its pure white petals open around a small yellow cup fringed in orange-red and encircling a green throat.  The intoxicating scent of this late-bloomer is a perfect way for the season’s narcissi to bid farewell.

 

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Love Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day … now how about a GOOPs Day

We’ve had a cold early spring in Connecticut that is slowing growth to a snail’s pace.  Still, a few blooms thrive to share on Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

 

in joene's garden 4-14-09

in joene's garden 4-14-09

 

 

 

narcissus 4-14-09

narcissus 4-14-09

 

I really enjoyed my first GBBD at May Dreams Gardens in March (thanks to my garden blogging pal Debbie at A Garden of Possibilities for bringing it to my attention).  In fact I think it is such a good idea that I’d like to try something similar, but focused on gardening gaffes, sowing slip-ups, or any mistake related to growing plants – indoors or out.

 

So, in deference to Carol’s GBBD, I’m declaring May 1, 2009 as Gardening Oops – Damn-I-wish-I-hadn’t-done-that Day – GOOPs for short.  I’ll post my own faux pas en jardin – even mistakes sound sexier when stated in French, n’est-ce pas? – and ask you to do the same.  You can post your entire description here, noting your area/zone if applicable, or just post a GOOPs teaser here along with a link to your own blog where you have more elaborately described your GOOPs.  It could be a garden-related purchase, a bad plant combination or a poor planting choice, results from lack of care, or any misstep remotely related to gardening.  Let’s learn from each other and at the same time have a little chuckle at ourselves.

 

If someone else has thought of this already … my apologies … no intent to step on anyone’s toes.  The way I see it, gardeners are human so there should be enough GOOPs to go around.

 

Check back here May 1 … I’ll go first.

 

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First blooms

Glorious weekend weather … not too warm, but warm enough to find these blooming in my gardens:

 

joene's mini iris 3/15/09

joene's mini iris 3/15/09

solitary white crocus in joenesgarden 3/15/09

solitary white crocus in joenesgarden 3/15/09

 

joene's crocus ... survived the voles 3/15/09

joene's crocus ... survived the voles 3/15/09

 

I also found mint and bee balm leaves greening, mums growing, signs of daylilies, and lilac buds swelling. 

Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Garden, who started Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.  I am happy to share my first post along with the many other garden bloggers willing to share their passion.

 

What’s blooming in your gardens?

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