It’s May and it’s Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day and it is also Carol’s, the thinker-upper of bloom day and a friend, favorite month of the year. Let’s check out what’s happening out there.
Above: Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Dooley’
There is a lot in bloom, with some things just beginning and others finishing up a good run, like the foxgloves, mostly Digitalis purpurea, seen in the background in the above image. Taking center stage is Rosa ‘Fairy Queen’, a small dark pinky red. There are two bushes, now planted together. They used to be in separate beds, but new discoveries of what looks best led to digging one up to join its fellow fairy by the steps. Sooooo much better.
Labeled as Clematis ‘Betty Corning’ and believed to be her for more than ten years, it was thanks to fellow blogger Mr. McGregor’s Daughter’s keen eye and knowledge of Clemmies that we now understand that this is not Betty. Research leads us to think it might be C. ‘Prince Charles’.
Here is a better shot of the flower. Can anyone help with identification? Thanks to Janet, the Queen of Seaford, who posted a photo of her Prince Charles on facebook, it looks like my clemmie is not our fine prince. Dang!
Neither showy nor floriferous, but a sweet little native wildflower that was a gift from Claude da Mailman several years ago, Spigelia marilandica is treasured here. It blooms faithfully each year and is said to be favored by hummingbirds. That is reason alone to grow it. Maybe someday I will witness that delightful dining event, and maybe I will have the camera on and ready.
This fuzzy fellow is the first flower of the many crimson clover, Trifolium incarnatum seeds that were scattered in the lawn/meadow in late winter. It is sold in large bags as a cover crop for winter vegetable gardens. Next year I will sow earlier and get two bags of seed. I fear for the sea of red with the lack of rain, things are looking a bit crispy in the lawn/meadow at the moment. Maybe it will rain, or maybe I will have to break down and water. Added: I watered and it rained, funny how it works like that sometimes.
Silver tansy, Tanacetum niveum ‘Jackpot’ is a silver leaf xeric that is planted in the concrete swan planters on the middle terrace steps. These containers are in full sun all day and the planting area is small, they do not enjoy the luxury of regular watering and finding the best plant for them has been a challenge. We have hit the jackpot with the tansy.
Love in a mist, Nigella damascena doesn’t usually rate inclusion in the bloom day post since it is such a near-weed. But looking down by the raised planter box at the row of Bright Lights Swiss chard and seeing the little blue flower looking so disarmingly cute, well here it is.
The Fairegarden has moved into lily mode, a few weeks early, but that seems to have turned into the norm for 2012. Many new Lilium bulbs were planted last fall and early this spring, including this martagon type, Lilium ‘Mrs. R.O. Backhouse’. For its first year in the ground, this lady has surpassed expectations. That bodes well for the lily blooms yet to come. Next will be the daylilies, then Eryngiums, and so on and so on…