Tuesday, May 15, 2012

May Bloom Day

The big day has finally arrived--the bags are packed and the car has been vacuumed and filled up with gas.  Just a last minute watering of the seedlings on the back porch, and we're good to go--Asheville, here we come!  But it's the fifteenth of the month, meaning today is also Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, an event I don't think I've missed since I started blogging.  So here's a quick look at what's blooming in my garden in the middle of May:

Byzantine gladiolus--the best kind of glads, because you plant them in the fall instead of having to dig them up every year!

Allium 'Graceful' isn't as bold as the much larger globe alliums, but is just what its name implies.

Nepeta 'Walker's Low' was buzzing with activity of all kinds of bees Monday morning.  A fuzzy photo, I know, but I didn't have time to wait for them to slow down and take a break.

'May Night' Salvia everywhere.

Even more ubiquitous are the blooms of yarrow.

The "Sea of Lamium" in the shade garden.  Purple and pink seems to be the predominant color scheme this Bloom Day.

Penstemon X has returned for another year in the butterfly garden.  A passalong from friend Gail, you can check out the proper name of this native by visiting her.

The small Spireas are just beginning to bloom--the 'Magic Carpet' series, I think.

Also blooming, much to my delight, is the new Viburnum 'Cardinal Candy.'  Planted last year, it didn't look too happy by the end of the dry summer, so I'm excited to see these blooms.

The yellow Knockout roses 'Radsunny' are also putting out their first blooms of the year.

Nearly hidden from view, I was excited to find this bloom on my climbing rose as well.  I was sure 'Zephirine Drouhin' didn't survive last summer, but this gives me hope.

While I'm away, the garden will be under the watchful eyes of my two garden buddies, Sophie and Coconut.  I just wish we would get some rain while I'm gone, because they haven't mastered turning on the spigot for the hose yet:)  

Have a great week, and see you all soon.  In the meantime, why not drop by May Dreams Gardens, home of  our Bloom Day hostess, Carol.


  1. Wow your garden is a riot of blooms. It is a topsy turvy year weather-wise. It is so dry here that the apples are dropping off the tree. I am ready to go too. Can't wait. Happy GBBD.

  2. Have a wonderful time in Asheville, Rose - I know you will!

    Happy for you that your garden has recovered from last summer's hot, dry weather. We're hoping for less heat and more rain this year!

    Your May blooms are beautiful.

  3. Your garden looks just beautiful and I know you will have a great time in Asheville. Wish I could be there, but I will be at our big Bridge of Flowers plant sale. I will think of all of you on your touring.

  4. I am sure your garden guardians will take good care of your garden. I have lots of yarrow...mostly gold, red, and pink, but I like your lavendar variety...very delicate and beautiful.

  5. Your garden is always full of beautiful blooms and I loved the photo of the dogs. I'm sure they will keep things in check while you are away.
    Have fun.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  6. Lots of lovely blooms! Your garden must look a picture. I'm sure dear Sophie and Coconut will look after it beautifully for you. I shall leave a note for the rain fairies telling them they have been here too long and that your garden needs them now :-)

    Have a wonderful time Rose, safe travelling.

  7. Can't wait to see you! Happy Bloom Day. I managed to get a post up too although we leave early, early Thursday morning.~~Dee

  8. I love your pink theme! How nice that the pooches are watching over your garden. Have a nice trip!

  9. Hi Rose,

    Your garden must look so pretty....I love the allium, makes a change from the full on purple blooms that most of us have in our garden, including me :)

    Have a wonderful time at the Spring Fling Rose. I am sure the lovely Sophie and Coconut will take great care of everything while you are away :)

  10. Lovely blooms Rose! My Byzantine glads are full of seed pods now. I wonder how well they reseed? Just love them.

    See you soon!

  11. Have a great time, Rose! I love the Lamium next to that bright green Hosta! Great color combinations in your garden.

  12. Love the purples and the pinks. May is my favorite time of year in the garden.

  13. have a wonderful time at the fling!! What sweet doggies you have. I'll bet they'll miss you a lot while you're gone.

  14. Your garden is lovely, I'm jealous of all you have blooming!

    I hope you've had a wonderful time in Asheville and all is well upon your return!!

  15. Your garden looks beautiful! And I'm sure your pets will take good care of it. LOL. I absolutely love the shot of Sophie and Coconut. It must have been difficult to get a shot of them looking so still. I'll bet in the next instant they were all over the place.

    Have a wonderful time!

  16. I hope your trip to Asheville was wonderful and that your beautiful garden got a good, soaking rain. Things have been busy here too, and blogging takes a back seat again.

  17. Great pic of the blooms but I really love the pic of your furbaby's Sophie and Coconut!


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