I'm always a little sad, too, to see the end of tulip season, but now I'm eager for their complete demise. The late ones are still standing erect and green, but headless, and most are withering away, their papery, brown leaves cluttering up parts of the garden. I'll be glad when I can clean up the last of the remains. I did find one tulip in the shade garden that I thought looked rather pretty in its dying days. This is a tulip new to my garden this year, 'Blue Spectacle,' which was advertised as a true blue tulip. It was a pretty double tulip, but I was sure disappointed that it was lavender, not blue at all.
I did find a few late tulips still blooming in the roadside garden, I don't remember the name of this one, but I do know it's supposed to be lavender.
While the tulips may be gone, other flowers are beginning to take their place on this May Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Behind the lavender tulips, the Baptisia is blooming. It's smaller, though, than in past years, and I'm not sure why. In fact, the spring display in this small garden area was a disappointment--only the newest tulips bloomed, and one lone allium appeared. I noticed when cleaning up this bed in March that it looked like the soil had been really disturbed--perhaps interlopers like deer or other wildlife dug up some of my bulbs and plants. The good news is the lilies and coneflowers are growing like crazy, so this area should have a better display come summer.
The warm weather the previous two weeks kick-started many of the later spring bloomers. While I was busy admiring the tulips, I neglected taking photos of these until almost too late. The 'Purple Sensation' Allium in the arbor bed, for example, are already past their prime.
The perennial geranium in the Arbor Bed still has a few blooms, but not as many as a week ago.
The same is true of the lilacs. My huge old-fashioned lilac is no longer blooming, but a few blooms remain on two newer and smaller varieties. This is a new compact lilac I bought last fall, purely because of its name 'Scent and Sensibility.'
'Bloomerang' also is quickly fading. It wasn't such a pretty sight this year as it is still recovering from the winter of 2013-14.
A new plant in my garden this year--Camassia. I am kicking myself for not taking a photo when it was in full bloom. Only the very tops still have petals, but these were such cool-looking plants when the whole stem was covered. I think I might have to find a place for more of these bulbs this fall.
The irises are just beginning to bloom--the first to bloom was this purple passalong from my aunt.
'Immortality' was a close second.
Mid-May to early June is a time of transition in the garden as spring flowers fade, and summer flowers have yet to bloom. I like to fill in the gaps with colorful annuals, and I've spent a lot of time plant shopping--one of my favorite activities of the spring! I've only begun, though, to start planting all the containers.
One of my favorite annual combos--'Raspberry Blast' petunias, with Persian Shield and Helichrysum.
There are more perennials beginning to bloom, though. One of the welcome signs of spring, Phlox pilosa, better known to most people as PPPP, thanks to the generosity of blogging friend Gail of Clay and Limestone. Gail kindly sent me a few starts several years ago, and it is now spreading through the Butterfly Garden, much to my delight.
Another spring favorite of mine is Amsonia; this is Amsonia tabernaemontana,
but my Amsonia hubrichtii is starting to bloom as well.
'May Night' Salvia, one of many salvias in my garden.
A new plant in the shade garden last year, Sweet Woodruff.
I'm surprised how much it has already grown since last summer; I hope I don't regret planting this.
Speaking of the shade garden, my intention was to divide more hostas again this year before they got too big. Oops, looks like I'm late once again. The poor 'Georgia Peach' Heuchera barely visible in the center of the photo has to be moved soon before it's completely overtaken by one of my favorite hostas.
'Sweet Tea' Heucherella, fortunately, is at the front of the border where it isn't as likely to be swallowed up. I've noticed several of the Heucheras are sending up blooms already.
While there isn't as much in bloom right now as a few weeks ago, there are promises
of much more to come very soon. Above, the spireas are covered in buds.
And a bud I am very excited about--the first peony about to open up. This is a new one given to me by a friend as a bare root last fall. I was not expecting it to bloom this year, but I can't wait to meet 'Scarlett O'Hara'!
What is in bloom in your garden in this merry month of May? Join us at May Dreams Gardens, where hostess Carol welcomes you to share on this Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.