May Bloom Day 2013

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Nectaroscordum siculum
Welcome one and all to Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day for May, 2013. There is a lot to show you, so let’s get to it, shall we?

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There will be featured some close ups, but the garden is much more chaotic than the macro shots would suggest. It is stuffed to the brim with plants, this garden, and I know each one of them personally. The lead off photo is thought of around here to be an Allium, at one time known as Allium bulgaricum. Those silly taxonomists… Onward!

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Paphiopedilum ‘Pinocchio’
Our newest addition to the Paph collection.

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Slc ‘Jewel Box-Scheherazade’
One of our oldest orchids, given an ultimatum last fall to bloom or be tossed. It worked.

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Papaver orientale
A passalong from dear neighbors.

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The longer view, these have never bloomed en masse, even though they have spread all over the Heather Bed. It is more of a one here one there effect.

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Rhododendron ‘King Red’ and Rhododendron ‘Klondyke’
This is the first blooming for the deciduous native azalea King Red since it was planted and frozen down to the roots in 2007 by single digit temperatures in April for several days. The regrowing was slow but these flowers were worth the wait!

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Amsonina hubrichtii
These are doing well and spreading in the Fairelurie. In the background is the crimson clover in the Lawn/Meadow, looking good.

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Salvia x sylvestris ‘Mainacht’ aka ‘May Night’, Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ and Zizia aurea
Also in the Fairelurie. The golden alexander makes the dark blue stand out much more. It only took me four years to figure that out. For the story of the creation of this bed, click here.

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Iris germanica ‘Indian Chief’ and Iris pallida
It has been a very good iris year so far.

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Iris germanica ‘Superstition’
Growing in the Black Garden, naturally.

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Clematis ‘Candida’
The clemmies are also having an exceptional year. There has been a lot of rain this spring, for which we are ever so thankful.

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Aquilegia ssp.
The blue columbines are very promiscuous and have populated the Woodland Garden with every shade and hue. Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Little Honey’ has grown to become a presence in there after several years of being simply small stick size.

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Clematis ‘Elsa Spath’
Growing on the bottle tree that is attached to the shed. That blue color is a favorite around here.

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A fledging bluebird boy on a wire, awaiting wormies to be served up to him by doting parents, against the clear blue sky. It is good.

Please visit Carol of May Dreams, the founder of GBBD to see flowers in bloom from all around the world on this fine May day.


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17 Responses to May Bloom Day 2013

  1. Carol says:

    Good morning and thank you for joining in for bloom day. So many flowers — I love them all!

    Hi Carol, thanks for hosting the bloom day. As you know, it is the reason I began blogging, to join in!

  2. Wow, they really are nice…

    Thanks. The garden gives me great delight.

  3. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    You do have lots blooming Frances. Happy GBBD.

    Hi Lisa, thanks. This is a bloomy time in the garden, as you saw last year. It was about this time when you all stopped by. Happy GBBD to you!

  4. Lea says:

    Very pretty!
    I especially like the Iris. I don’t know why I have a difficult time getting them to bloom for me.
    Love the bluebird photo – glad you included him!
    Happy GBBD!
    Lea’s Menagerie

    Hi Lea, thanks and Happy GBBD to you. I do have trouble getting the iris to bloom, as well. You should see how many fans of foliage there are here that don’t flower. They are in full sun, too. I don’t know the trick to it. The bluebird seemed appropriate!

  5. Wendy says:

    I enjoy your blog so much! You have many gifts- both your gardening skills and your photography skills, plus your willingness to share with others. Have a blessed day! Wendy

    Hi Wendy, thank you so much for the kind words, I really appreciate you! You too have a blessed day.

  6. It really has been an awesome spring for clematis and iris blooms, hasn’t it? The cooler temps have kept the colors more vibrant and the flowers last longer. Oh, the joy of it all! Your deciduous azaleas are stunning. So glad that your ‘King Red’ decided to stay around and got strong enough to light up your garden with blooms. Love how the hint of red is echoed in its neighbor ‘Klondyke’.

    Hi Michaele, thanks for visiting. You are so right about this spring. The rain, the coolth, it has been wonderful for the gardener and the garden. King Red is gorgeous and looks great, to my eyes anyway, with Klondyke. They are both later bloomers than most of the other deciduous azaleas. It was a lucky coincidence they are planted close together.

  7. Alison says:

    Wow! Orchids! They’re beautiful. The Clemmies too. And the Irises. All of it. Just beautiful.

    Hi Alison, thanks. The orchids are more winter bloomers, but these two buck that trend. They go outside about now for their vacation and some fresh air!

  8. commonweeder says:

    I just love getting a spring view by visiting your garden. April was dry and very cool. I just took the flannel sheets of our bed. But I have hopes for a rainier warmer May. Starting tomorrow, I’m told.

    Hi Pat, thanks for those kind words and you are welcome to visit anytime. May May bring you the weather patterns you desire!

  9. Oh, so beautiful. A few of your goodies are growing in my garden, but not so far along. Thanks for the Blooms Day reminder, I’d completely lost track.

    Hi Helen, thanks for stopping by. This time of year finds the days flying by, doesn’t it?

  10. “Stuffed to the brim with plants” – just the way I like it! Love that Amsonia and those poppies.

    Hi Jason, thanks for visiting. No bare earth means no weeding! Almost. HA

  11. Layanee says:

    Everything looks grand. The bluebird thinks so too. He has chosen his home well.

    Hi Layanee, thanks. We were lucky to see the birdbirds use the house we provided this year from start to finish!

  12. Dreamybee says:

    Beautiful, as always! I love the color combo on the poppies and the rhododendrons.

    Hi Dreamybee, thanks for stopping by, so nice to see you!

  13. Rose says:

    ‘Superstition’ is gorgeous! I’m usually not as fond of really dark flowers, but this iris is a beauty. You’re definitely ahead of us in the season, but it won’t be long for my irises and clematis to bloom either. Fairelurie is looking good!

    Hi Rose, thanks so much. The dark flowers need something light and/or bright neighbors to show up better, companions with pizzazz. Your garden will be great!

  14. gail says:

    I am so glad I stopped by a day late~The comments you’ve already gotten are a treat to read. Wendy said it best, and I will add that you are generous and inspiring.xoxogail

    PS Everything looks wonderful even marvelous, my new go to word!

    Hi Gail, thanks for visiting, late, early or anytime! I do enjoy the comments, especially sweet ones like Wendy’s. And yours!

  15. Christy says:

    Oh Frances…everything is so fabulous!! Such wonderful color! I’m so glad you have Bluebird babies. Unfortunately, my babies didn’t make it…I’m very sad!

    Oh no, Christy, I am so sorry about your bluebird babies. Not all of the baby birds survive here either, sadly. Nature can be very harsh and there was some very cold weather here while they were still in the shell. The garden is full of color and there will be more nestings for us both, I hope.

  16. Scott Weber says:

    I still call the Nectaroscordum Alliums…it’s too confusing, sometimes, isn’t it! LOVE Amsonia…and those dark Iris…yum!

    Hi Scott, thanks for stopping by and weighing in on those silly name changes. I think the most egregious is the asters. Really!

  17. These deep colorful blooms are so refreshing Frances

    Hi Donna, thanks for visiting. The garden does refresh, a good word for it!

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