A week ago, the red and pink crabapples lining the driveway (see header photo) were still in bloom, and the white crabapple, always the last to bloom, joined in to complete the show. This is why early May has become my new favorite time of year.
The white crab was loaded with blossoms this year, and full of bees buzzing about.
Usually the first to bloom, the redbud waited until the crabapples bloomed and quickly began to leaf out. This redbud was a disappointment this year with sparse blooms, perhaps the result of the past two summers of drought.
The lilacs are still in bloom, but were also at their peak a week ago. This old-fashioned lilac, now at least 10 feet tall, was covered with fragrant blossoms.
Thanks to strong winds and a few storms, the blossoms of the crabs and the old apple tree are now but a memory. The tulips featured on my last post have also been pretty much stripped of their blooms, but a few latecomers are still providing some color, like this 'Pink Sorbet.' This late tulip was planted along with some 'Red Impression,' thinking the combination of white and red would look very striking. But for the second year in a row, the 'Pink Sorbet' didn't start to bloom until the reds had dropped their petals. Oh well, at least I planted these in front, so they are a distraction from the faded blooms behind them.
A more successful combo has been the dark 'Queen of the Night' with the pure white of 'Marguerite.'
'Marguerite' is another one of the doubles that I just love.
A new addition this year is another double, 'Orange Princess.' It's another example of not planning very well during the frenzy of fall tulip planting. It's such a beautiful tulip, but because it's a late bloomer and planted towards the back of the lily bed, it's hidden by the emerging lily foliage. I think I'm the only one who noticed these tulips this year; you might say it's my secret tulip garden.
Another new addition this year were my first-ever species tulips. 'Lady Jane' is certainly not as showy or dramatic as the other tulips, but it's rather sweet nonetheless.
I'm usually pretty good about recording names of bulbs and a general idea of where I planted them each fall. But this year, in addition to the bulbs I ordered, I purchased several different kinds at a local garden center and apparently forgot to write them down. These pink and white are among several NOIDS this year.
Another new NOID are these red and yellow flamed tulips. I really need to find out their names, because they are so tall and striking I'd love to have more in front of the house next year.
The mixture of Darwin tulips on "Daffodil Hill"--now "Tulip Hill"--is still going strong after a few weeks.
As the spring bulbs wind down, the rest of the garden is just getting started. The shade garden is growing by leaps and bounds, reminding me that I missed the opportunity once again to divide and unclutter this crowded area--I'm going to blame it on all the rainy days we've had. Brunnera 'Jack Frost' is a mass of delicate blue blooms right now.
Other standouts in the shade garden right now: Bleeding Heart
'Sweet Tea' Tiarella
Elsewhere, the unnamed perennial geranium is looking the best I've ever seen it.
Also looking the best ever, 'Bloomerang,' the re-blooming lilac, is following in the footsteps of its old-fashioned cousin. The blooms are also more fragrant than I remember in the past. Let's just ignore the weeds, shall we? I'm trying, but sunny days to work in the garden have been limited this spring with rain and more rain.
While the early show of bulbs and flowering trees are fading away, new blooms are ready to take their place. The allium--'Purple Sensation', maybe?--are brightening up the spots vacated by the bright blooms of tulips. Spring is such an exciting time in the garden with new changes every day; I hope you are enjoying every moment of it, too.
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