Last year, I was showing off a lot of tulip combos, and made note that my daffodils, red currants, blueberry, pulmonaria and tree peony were all in full bloom. The currents have had berries now for weeks, and most of the rest of my 2009 May bloomers that are blooming for the May 2010 GBBD are mostly on their way out:
The last lonely blueberry flower, with white allium and woolly thyme in the background.
What's left of the blooms on the tree peony. Doesn't this stripped-down flower look embarrassed about all of the shattered petals that lie at her feet?
Brunnera 'Jack Frost' blooms are on the wane. The younger 'Looking Glass,' which was newly planted last year, is just beginning.
A few things things appear to be right on schedule for their May bloom. "Who cares about all of those extra days of warmth we've been enjoying," they seem to ask. I wonder if the nighttime temperatures maybe have more of an effect than the daytime temps on these blooms? Here are the right-on-time plants:
My lovely Loni and the adoring Sweet Woodruff at her feet.
Various heuchera are in bloom/bud.
Lamium are also blooming in various parts of the garden. Above: 'Purple Dragon'
Bergenia flowers--they were all in full bloom at this time last year, but about half are finished already.
A few things are just a few days ahead of their 2009 bloom cycle, but in a good way. It's kind of fun to see some of them make a bloom day post for once, instead of blooming in the "no man's land" of time between GBBDs:
'Ivory Queen' Allium--only a week ahead of its 2009 cycle.
stolen passalong variegated iris from my grandma's garden.
Passalong large purple allium from my friend (and hairdresser extraordinaire) Allison.
'Black Beauty' elderberry blooms just beginning to open.
My inherited rhododendron, which is now completely covered in blooms.
My blackberry, also now completely covered in blooms (YUM!) but just starting in the photo above.
And there are a few brand-new-to-my-garden bloomers, too. This list includes:
Flower stalks from the red cabbage that I forgot to harvest last year. They're so lovely that I think I'm going to do late harvests, and allow the second year plants to seed, every year!
'Black & Blue' salvia guaranitica. I usually buy this too late, and plant it even later, to get much of a show. That will be different in 2010!
'Samobor' geranium, 'Chocolate Chip' ajuga, my blue woodland phlox, and some of the small carex are in bloom. A very few other May 2009 bloomers have inexplicably not yet begun their show--including culinary sage and chives.
To see what's blooming in other parts of the world, visit Carol's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day post for May 2010. And with that, I'm off to sneak in just a little more gardening before the sun goes down!