Welcome to the big shebang known as Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day, hosted by Carol of May Dreams Gardens and famous magazine writer. (See Horticulture June/July 2009 page 16). May brings a multitude of blooms. We begin with Salvia pratensis ‘Eveline’.On Mother’s Day morning I was greeted by this sight out on the deck. The Financier had been reading my mind it seems, for he had gone plant shopping at my favorite local nursery, Mouse Creek. He had chosen plants that I truly wanted, but had not told anyone about. The new Salvia is a selection from my hero Piet Oudolf even! The daylily is a very early bloomer with a tag of Lemon Lily, Hemerocallis lilio-asphodelus.There are doubts about the identity though, for a google search revealed a similar early yellow bloomer, H. dumortieri, that had the reddish backing to the petals. This daylily does not smell even remotely like lemon, either. The scent is sort of yucky, in fact. Does anyone recognize this daylily as either name?The recent rains have given a bloom boost to the roses. Another Mother’s Day gift, this one from last year from offspring Brokenbeat, Rosa ‘Carefree Sunshine’. The Carefree series is similar to the Knockouts in shrub like form and easy care season long blooms. We were lucky to find it at a nice nursery in Asheville, North Carolina,
B.B.Barnes Jesse Israel. It was moved this winter to a better, sunnier location and is covered in blooms and buds.We love the antique roses in the hybrid musk class. They are long blooming and very easy to care for. The colors we grow are all pale pastel fading to white. We have R. ‘Penelope’, ‘Danae’ and ‘Jeanne D’Arc’, among others, that have gotten mixed up as they were moved about the garden trying to find the ideal location.Thorny, another antique rose, is in full out full blown bloom right now and will remain so most of the warmer months.Real name, R. ‘Grootendorst Supreme’, Rugosa class. Thorny used to be pruned to try to keep him in bounds in the center driveway bed. That hopeless enterprise has been abandoned, and Thorny is growing there with wild abandon. Bad luck if a stray baseball or frisbee lands in there while the offspring of offspring are playing in the driveway, he is not called Thorny for nothing.Residing here for a couple of years but rarely mentioned is Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’.Newly added this spring is S. ‘Pink Mist’. Shown in situ, there is very little difference between the two. The pink is in the foreground. Still lovely, both of them.A definite must have plant, Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ is coming into bloom. Most seedlings of the original one plant have shown a lavender outer petal rather than the white of the named culitvar. We like it.Speaking of Digitalis, the foxglove community of self sowns is opening shop. This looks like a D. purpurea offspring.One lone Allium schubertii blooms each year in this bed. Five were originally planted but the others seem to have disappeared. We have found some types of Alliums do that sort of thing. The annual poppies, Papaver somniferum are just beginning to open.Cosmos sulphureus ‘Ladybird Scarlet’ is one of the successes of the indoor germination attempt. It is tiny but blooming. The failure rate was about fifty/fifty for those efforts. Starting too early is to blame, with things getting too large for the lights and being put outdoors in the cold frame too soon. Next year we will try to remember to wait, not a strong suit here. Closing the show is the final of the deciduous azaleas, Rhododendron ‘Strawberry Ice’. The grand cascade of azalea blooming was dampened by torrential rains for many days. The petals were detached from the stamens, hanging like chandeliers. Then came ninety degree temps to finish them off. But time moves forward and the next pretty thing will delight the eye. And the next, and the next….
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My name is Frances and I am a lifelong gardener, having lived in various parts of the USA over many years. I am now gardening in USDA Zone 7a east Tennessee. From 2000 to 2014 I was gardening on a slope in a small town in Tennessee. I have been blogging about my gardens since December of 2007. Thank you for visiting!
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Older Posts Of Interest:
The story of the day a throng of cedar waxwings descended upon the garden, shown in the header image. (2009)
How to Cut Back the Too Tall Late Summer Bloomers
An awkward title that explains about making those very tall asters, mums and others shorter by cutting them down by half in May. Now is the time! (2011)
A book inspires the growing of lilies from seed. (2009)
How ten lily bulbs became hundreds. (2010)
Did You Really Think I Bought All These Plants?
A rant about the mistaken thoughts of non-gardeners. (2009)
Lost Secret in the Bloedel Reserve
There was something hidden in the forest and we were lucky enough to be able to see it. (2011)
Dreams turn into reality, in a way. The Green Man/Leaf Man faces live well in my garden now. (2011)
A yard without a lawn. (2010)
A history of all of the faire gardens and a couple of choice tidbits about me. (2009)
The Six Degrees Of Favorite Plants-Southern Living Blogathon
Very difficult to only pick your six favorite plants, some of us bent the rules a bit. (2009)
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Beautiful May blooms Frances! Your photos are fantastic. I especially like the dew-covered blooms photos. Happy Bloom Day!
Oh wow, I love them all, but the Blush colored rose is stunning! ~Hugs….Brooke
Good morning Frances~~To echo Linda~~Beautiful blooms! The flowers all look great in their closeups~~ Happy Bloom Day and have a delicious day. gail
Great blooms Frances, thanks for sharing the red rugosa!!
OOh, so pretty! I have two Husker reds (and one potted up for the plant swap tomorrow, which has me running around in circles and not posting blooms on my own blog–um, the swap, that is, not the Penstemon!). Do love the old-fashioned roses (but don’t tell anyone; I’m on record as not liking roses!). I also have those cute orange cosmos, as winter-sown seedlings, yet. Your weather is definitely ahead of us and it’s a great preview of what will come in my own garden! Happy GBBD!
Looking mighty lovely! I am glad you told about the Shubertii. I was thinking of ordering some. I have a similar daylily to your early bloomer but without as much red. Mine is ‘Bitsy’. A different kind of daylily. Maybe there is a relative somewhere?
Frances, I love your iris collection from the previous post..just amazing! On your daylily question..I would tend to agree it’s the H. Dumortieri and not the lemon lily (H. Lilio.) Dumor. has the cinamon-colored buds and reflexed tepals in deep golden yellow with upright foliage like your photo, BUT, it’s non-fragrant. Nonetheless, it’s a great addition since it’s one of the first (originally from Japan) daylily that parents the thousands of new cultivars today! You’re doing well with your new camera 🙂
Good morning Frances. I love the Thorny story! 🙂 He’s a handsome brute, though. You have such wonderful roses. I don’t know that daylily — the numbers and names long ago overwhelmed me and I stopped following the latest introductions.
Drizzling rain here today. I had a back order of Double Click Cosmos seeds that showed up yesterday, so I scattered them with great abandon around the poppies to be the tall replacements when those girls leave the cottage garden.
Hi Frances, the dew on Husker almost looks like frost (hope it’s not) Great May blooming and nice pictures. I love the picture on the right side at the top – the stairway to heaven? Looks heavanly to me =) Can’t help you with the Daylily, I have one that looks about the same but the tripes on the backing are darker, called ‘Golden Chimes’. Have you got that one?
Guess what I brought home from the Gardeners today? Just another Japanese ‘Okushimo'(and maby a new job) / gittan
Gorgeous, Frances! I especially love Thorny. I suspect my rugosa Alba girls would like to meet him! My lemon lilies smell heavenly (but not lemony, I think that refers to the bloom color), so I agree with Lynn that you’ve been misled on that one.
I must admit it right here and now – whenever I see any stairs in the garden I remember stairs in your garden and think how would they look with ajuga planted on it. I really love this idea.
Just fabulous! I can never seem to remember Bloom Day! Jamie and I are currently searching for Carefree Sunshine, I hope we find it soon.
I love that Azaleas shot! It is a shame more people don’t plant Scabiosa, they bloom for a really long time. Maybe the name is off putting, like Ilex vomitoria.
I’m so glad to see things wet with rain in your garden. It must be such a relief. It also makes the flowers look beautiful.
Thorny is a massive beast! I’ve never seen such a huge Rose. It’s magnificent.
I’m so glad you included a photo of Thorny. I have great hopes for my newly planted Pink Grootendorst on the newly named Rose Bank. I was glad for the rain we had, but it wasn’t quite enough.
Frances, it looks like a tropical paradise in your garden! Everything looks so lush and lovely!
Fairegarden loves May, too, it seems with all those blooms. I love your foxglove. I wish mine would self-sow, I had to buy new plants this year!
(And thanks for the mention of my piece in Horticulture, that was very nice of you to do!)
Wow, very cool stuff Frances! Could you get a little closer on the first shot? 😉 Your Husker is a little further along than ours. The scabiosas are pretty neat too!
Your garden is bloomin’ beautiful, Frances! Everything is particularly lovely with the kiss of dew, or are those raindrops? I’m curious about the new salvia–I just bought a pink one, too, that I couldn’t resist. It’s called “Eveline.”
Wow! such beautiful blooms, you must have the
most beautiful garden. Happy GBBD to you!
Hi, Frances, Can’t help you with the ID for your daylily, but the one I have and call the lemon lily is H. flava; very fragrant. You just want to bend over backwards inhaling it. Not lemony, but the blossoms are a deep lemon yellow. For another large-headed allium, I grow A. christophii — more compact than A. schubertii. The latter, I’ve seen looking less wayward than the one in your pic (more globe formed) in what was perhaps a drier garden in Toronto. Maybe they do better in lean soils? My christophii is seeding itself abundantly.
Happy GBBD. It’s my first.
Hi Frances- All your blooms look fantastic. The roses in our garden are starting to bloom too. They are very fragrant and beautiful. I don’t like it when the petals fall off and go all over the soil though. That part is not so fun.
Good luck with IDing the daylily. It is pretty!
Lordy, once again you take the cake, Frances. That Allium is just plain bizarre, lol. I love your attitude about them. You definitely have to take the good with the bad.
I had no idea this was GBBD – but then, paying attention has never been my forte! 😉 I do, however, have some competition today for you, by pure happenstance. Drop over.
All yer blooms are gorgeous, Frances. 🙂 Your garden has really taken off!
Hi Frances – gorgeous photos. I love scabiosas and aliums! I haven’t been into the garden today as it has been chucking it down all day – glorious May just isn’t happening in England at the moment!
Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog – glad you like the stream and the beach! Hopefully I’ll get into ‘real time’ soon, rather than writing about what we did last summer!:)
Don’t want to be rude – but that Salvia has a long way to go before it catches up with all your other lush growth. Is it steroids you are feeding them on?
That palest of pale apricot rose is the one I would steal.
Simply stunning. Love your blooms, LOVE your shots. The last photo ofd the rhododendron is a fitting finale to your beautiful post.
Inspirational photos and flowers
Beautiful as always! Have a great weekend Frances…it is thundering here! Let’s hope I FINALLY get some rain in my garden!
What a bodacious presentation, Frances! Happy Bloom Day.
You captured some wonderful closeups of all your beauties this Bloom Day Frances. Thorny is really a massive Rugosa. I wouldn’t want to retrieve a ball from his or her clutches, lol. Happy Bloom Day!
Amazing clarity and color with all your pictures.
Have to admit…
Sometimes after viewing a few pics I forget if your describing the picture above or below.
Maybe it’s ADD. lol
The flowers look so pretty with the water droplets on them. I can’t wait to see my ‘Husker Red’ in bloom. You sure got some nice Mother’s Day gifts, I like that kind of gift too!
Francis, Your photos are very stunning, but I feel as though I need to step back from my compter to be able to really enjoy them! ha. (almost like big-screen tv!) at any rate, I think I don’t have enough sun for digitalis. Perhaps someday, in another home. But, I’m not looking to move for awhile. Happy day!
First he surprises you with a fancy new camera, and now he showers you with plants you secretly wished for??! Where did you find this Financier, Frances? He sounds like Santa Claus!
Beautiful flowers. What is that icy stuff on some of them?
What a gorgeous bunch of flowers. Eye candy for sure.
This is my first yr. to work with the iris so I’ve only had one to bloom as yet. “Royal Thunder” a deep purple. I had ordered a special in which “Lacy Snowflake” was included. Sadly I lost it & have not been able to find another. Would you know where I could find one?
Believe it or not, I don’t have any of those hybrid musks you mentioned! I do love them though and have quite a few. I also really like the rugosas. Such rugged performers. The lemon lily is really an eye-catcher.
Those are pretty blooms, Frances. It’s like watching elegant and delicate women on a Sunny Spring day after the Spring rains! Well, what can a bachelor like me do? I’m lovelorn!
Nice gifts…….did you make the wreath that is hanging in the photo with the red roses? My girls made some last year for extra Christmas gifts and I couldn’t beleive how well they were received!
Just beautiful, especially like the Hemerocallis, mine are at least a month away!
I’m going to find me a guy like your Financier someday Frances. Plants for Mother’s Day is my idea of heaven. Once again, I forgot about bloom day but your garden is definitely bursting with fab blooms. I love the new salvia and the Husker Red penstemons with the lavendar variation is really nice. I just moved mine into a position of more sun so hopefully, they’ll bloom and multiply this year. I planted some Allium Schubertii bulbs last fall but haven’t seen them yet. I hope at least one makes it like in your garden. It’s so airy and delicate. As usual, we are way behind you in what’s blooming. I do have one iris beginning to show a little color at the tip of the bud ~ funny, because I read where yours are almost over. What a beautiful display you had while they were open tho. I’ll definitely look forward to seeing them again next year. 🙂
May Bloom Day is one of the best isn’t it? So much to see and such a relief after the long winter and cold early spring. Each day reveals something new.
Happy Bloom Day, Frances. I loved all of your photos. I can tell you got a new camera. Your photos were always lovely, but now (kissing my fingertips) magnifico! Since we’re both plant nuts, have you seen Penstemon ‘Dark Towers?’ Wow! Like Husker Red but taller & pink blooms instead of white. I’ll be taking a pic of it soon.~~Dee
I like Thorny a lot. Beautiful rose. I really like the azalea ‘Strawberry Ice’ a lot. Lovely dewy pictures!
Beautiful post as always!! I enjoyed all the pictures of your flowers.. They just make me happy! Have a great weekend. Miss Bloomers
Indeed a ‘big shebang’, Frances. How can you sleep with all that popping in the garden?Financier is a keeper … I’m sure many are wondering if you ‘rent him out’! Lucky for me, Mr. Ho-Hum ‘gets it’ or I’d be waiting in line!
It’s always a treat to see what you have in bloom and also to see your great photos. (I swear they get better and better!) About your new daylily, I once tried to identify the daylilies that came with our yard only to abandon it quickly. So many of them have just one or two differences that I never felt comfortable saying for sure which was which. Looking forward to seeing you at CSF. Are you bringing the Financier? Just wondering since I’m bringing mine and he might be bored out of his mind at the dinners. 😉
Oh wow, that Allium schubertii looks so cool, alien-like. I love it.
Your entire garden looks beautiful, especially with the misty raindrops on everything.
Love all the photos. You are a talented photographer! They are all so beautiful I can’t decide which one I like the best!