Garden Blogger Bloom Day May 2019

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Hello. It’s been a while, I know, but there is still gardening going on at the Fairegarden. Lots of it, as much as possible in every kind of weather. May is a good time of year, the plants are actively growing, the foliage is full and lush and there are flowers. Shown above are the fifth generation of a packet of mixed larkspur sown along the side of the garage. They are glorious.

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Stipa tenuissima is blooming now, the feathery tips catch the least bit of breeze to move freely to and fro. They are short lived plants, only lasting a few years, but self sow just enough to provide the perfect amount of froth.

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A volunteer Veronica planted itself in a good spot to enjoy the company of lamb’s ear.

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Slightly thuggish evening primrose is kept in check by ruthless digging up and moving to the lawn/meadow. It’s hard to hold a grudge when the yellow cups welcome the pollinators so graciously. Stachys officianalis will be protected from being overtaken soon.

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Do buds count as blooms? They do in my world. A bud, a flower full or spent, and a seed head all are welcome and appreciated.

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Who can resist the broccoli stage of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’? Not I, said the gardener.

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Oh, so subtle is the color of Iris fulva ‘Bayou Bandit’. It is nearly grey, but close inspection reveals streaks of pink, blue and lavender.

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Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Little Honey’ even has golden buds that will open to pure white florets. I think the bud stage is so attractive, as is everything about this small shrub.

Hey, Carol, this one’s for you. xoxoxo


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12 Responses to Garden Blogger Bloom Day May 2019

  1. Barbara H. says:

    I’m so happy to see your post and to see that your garden is doing well. You have more tolerance for evening primrose than I do but the yellow is bright and cheerful. Little Honey is new to me and looks quite splendid.

    Hi Barbara, thanks for your loyal support! The evening primrose needs watching, that is true. It is perfect in the lawn/meadow with the daylilies and wildlings, though. Little Honey is an excellent and well behaved hydrangea.

  2. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    So good to see you Frances. Your garden is looking superb. The Larkspur is outstanding. I would love a stand of it in my garden. Cheers and Happy GBBD.

    Hi Lisa, so good to see you too and Happy GBBD! To get that stand of larkspur, clean a patch of everything else and throw out seeds in late summer, then wait!

  3. Lovely to see you Frances and all that is blooming in your (relatively) new world 🙂

    Hello, Michelle, lovely to see you, too! Watching the Malvern episode on Gardener’s World brought back the most pleasant memories of visiting there in 2010, meeting you all and the sorority house! xoxoxo

  4. Layanee says:

    Glorious! I need ‘Little Honey’ don’t I? Happy Bloom Day to you. Love the all.

    Hi Layanee, thanks so much for stopping by. You do need a Little Honey, or ten!

  5. Gail says:

    Your photos are fabulous (as always). It’s so good to see your garden today! xoxo

    Thank you for the kind words, my dear friend. I am still learning how to photograph this new garden and the best time of day to do so. xoxoxo

  6. lunalyon says:

    I’m always happy to read your posts and see your beautiful garden. Terri

    Thank you so much, Terri. I appreciate your readership!

  7. Katherine Baker says:

    You made my day! It’s so good to hear from you, my friend. Your lovely garden looks amazing in your photos. Cheers to you and the family. XO

    Kathy!!! It made my day to see your sweet comment on the blog. I hope you and yours are well and happy. xoxoxo

  8. Sebestiana says:

    So wonderful to see your post. Such a lovely garden!!!! I always look forward to seeing what’s up in your garden space.

    Thanks for your kind words and for following! I do appreciate you.

  9. Dee says:

    Darling Faire! I’m so glad to see your lovely garden again. Your plants are so far ahead of mine. It’s crazy. Probably because of all of our rain. We have just now gotten sun. I love all of your plants. xoxo ~~Dee

    Hello, dear Dee! Thank you for your continued support and friendship. We have had so much rain, too, the plants are larger and more robust than ever. It makes a gardener happy. xoxoxo

  10. Arun Goyal says:

    Beautiful blooms…Stipa plants are new to me…Happy blooms day

    Thank you so much for visiting!

  11. I need a ‘Little Honey,’ too. I love the stipa but it’s an annual here. Glad to see you writing and photographing once more.

    Hi Kathy, thanks for your continued support and friendship! Little Honey is a good oak leaf, stays smaller and the yellow never fades to green.

  12. tonytomeo says:

    Iris fulva? It seems like one of those iris I read about a long time ago, but have never actually seen. Now it got may attention. Our native San Francisco iris were blooming a few days ago. They don’t last long.

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