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

Frances

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