It’s been chilly, rainy, and cloudy, but flowers brighten the days.
Also blooming are salvia silvestris, Sweet William, foxglove, geranuim sanguineum, rose campion, lobelia, nasturtium, campanual cup and saucer, sedum, coral bells, many varieties of pinks, trandescantia, an orangy-red nasturtium I started from seeds that are supposed to be creamy yellow, and an oriental poppy ‘Princess Victoria Louise’ started from seed in 2004 and blooming for the first time this year. Also blooming: penstemon, snow-in-summer, wild yarrow, mountain laurel (Connecticut’s state flower), and my last dark purple bearded iris. I have photos of most, but for some reason photo uploads are touchy today. Happy bloom day everyone.
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
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.
Parital shade lovers – Sweet Woodruff above and Lily-of-the-Valley to the left.
Eastern Red Columbine
Eastern Red Columbine, one of my amateur phenologist choices for Project Plants.
Compact pink azalea
and a compact pink variety.
Wood hyacinth just starting to open.
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.
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
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.