Monday, May 14

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - May (???) 2012

The garden continues to change at a frantic pace...  with all of these June bloomers, it's no wonder I have to keep reminding myself that there's no need to panic. It's only mid-May, and I still have plenty of time to get the veggie garden started!

In the meantime, I need to stop and smell the (lovely, sweet grape-scented) variegated iris:


And marvel at a few Seussian allium blooms: 

And smile at the puffballs on the purple ninebark:

And think that the 'Caradonna' salvia needs to be moved next to a grass that stays golden all summer long, because it looks so nice next to the bright new grown on this switchgrass:

 And decide that the blue star gets too lost next to the powdery leaves of the sea kale:

And rejoice that the clearance, unmarked baptisia not only came back but also turned out to be the coveted 'Twilite Prairieblues':

Then head to the backyard and remind myself to collect the seed from the yellow-flowering collard greens--and to deadhead the white-blooming chervil:

And have the idle thought that the elderflower and the ninebark look pretty similar, with pinky-white flower tufts on super dark foliage:

And maybe even drool a little bit, knowing what it will mean that the blackberry is covered with hundreds of snowy white berries-to-be:

And then go sneak out of the house to make a quick Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day list, before I head back into the house to work a little more on my wedding invitation design!  For more of what's in bloom, head on over to May Dreams Gardens and check out Carol's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day post.

Other things in bloom here:  'Purple Dragon' lamium, various heuchera, last year's brussels sprouts, many dandelions, lungwort, 'Jack Frost' brunnera, Ozark everbearing strawberries, the last of the passalong dianthus, globe allium, sweet woodruff, yellow baptisia, passalong pink lamium, my rhododendron, Japanese bloodgrass (for the first time ever), sea kale, 'Sweet Kate' spiderwort, many purple salvia lyrata, 'Marcus' salvia.

Of note: Raspberries, cherries, peaches, and my tree peony are usually in some sort of bloom at this time of the year... but each of their bloom times have already come and gone!

8 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

You do have lots blooming in your garden. My Ninebark is finished blooming but the varigated Iris is not blooming yet. Such an odd year. We have blackberries forming already. But no blooms on my elderberry plant. Fun to compare what goes on in your more northern garden with my more southern garden. Happy GBBD.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Greenbow Lisa, it IS fun to compare... I would have thought, for example, that we would at least have the same things blooming at the same time. By contrast, my iris are almost at the end of this year's bloom... and my blackberries are still about 1/4 in bud, while you already have fruits forming.

Oh, and I haven't seen hide nor hair of anything resembling a grape blossom. :-( I'm going to seriously pout if I don't get fruit from them in my last growing season in this house!

Denise said...

I think I like the blue star and the sea kale together -- what a pool of blue! Really exciting stuff happening in your May Garden.

HolleyGarden said...

Stunning views! Your garden is beautiful! The blooms are ahead here, too. It was an interesting winter, and I suppose it's going to be an interesting summer! Happy GBBD!

greggo said...

Nice plant combos. I've seen so many cool Baptisias this year. I agree with you assessments on those plant combos.

Jennifer said...

You have lots of pretty flowers, but I have to say I was particularly impressed with all the foliage that creates such a nice backdrop for the flowers. The grey kale is terrific with the blue star in front and I really like all the burgundy foliage as well.

Leslie said...

So much in bloom there and you have such great combinations! I hope you can figure out how to take some of that with you...with so much abundance you should be able to take some and still leave enough I hope!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Ooh, Denise, that's a good point. All together, they DO make a really pretty pool of blue! In the fall, though, they aren't so pretty. The blue star leaves turn a very light yellow that look kind of sickly next to the pale blue sea kale. (I've just been trying to look the other way for those few weeks! lol.)

HolleyGarden, thank you! And I suppose you're right--with the interesting winter and spring (so far), we are probably in for a REALLY interesting summer and fall, too! Happy GBBD. :-)

Thanks, Greggo. I really like the 'Twilite Prairieblues' and think I will need to figure out a way to bring a division of that one with me when I move next year. Not so sure what I think about the soft yellow one yet. I think I may just not have it sited right...

Jennifer, you have no idea how much your comment made me smile! I have to confess: I'm a total foliage girl!!! Thank you! :-)

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