When I was a girl, my father used to watch the local weather forecasts religiously. I thought he was rather obsessed with it, even though he was a farmer whose livelihood depended on the weather. As for me, if it was cold, I put on an extra coat or sweater; if it was raining, I wore a jacket with a hood--what else did you need to know?
On top of the rain, the temperatures dropped to an unusual low this weekend with frost warnings for last night and tonight.
|A few hardier plants were left outside to fend for themselves.|
I went on a major plant shopping spree last week with my friend Beckie, and all those plants were sitting on my back porch and patio waiting for dry weather to plant. When I heard the forecast for frost, I tucked most of the plants into the barn for protection and covered up my blooming clematis. Fortunately, there was no frost on the ground this morning, and all the blooming perennials were fine. But we have one more night to get through before I feel safe enough to bring everything out once again.
Oh well, such is the life of a gardener. In a couple of months, I'll probably be complaining about the heat and the lack of rain:) Since there's nothing we can do about the weather, let's take a look at what is blooming on this chilly and windy May Bloom Day.
Some of my friends farther north are concerned about their lilacs this weekend, but that was one thing I didn't have to worry about since they have already finished blooming here. Little 'Scent and Sensibility' above was covered in pink blooms, and the 'Bloomerang' lilac did well, too. But my old-fashioned, huge lilac was a disappointment this year. There were fewer blooms than last year, and they weren't as large as usual. I've decided this large shrub needs a good pruning soon, but talking to friends, I found I wasn't the only one with this problem. It may have been a late freeze in April that nipped and stunted this year's blooms.
'Jack Frost' Brunnera is almost finished blooming, but a few tiny blue flowers still remain.
More small blooms that I love on the Solomon's Seal.
One of my favorite spring blooms is Amsonia. Both the Amsonia tabernaemontana above and the Amsonia hubrichtii have done extremely well here, unlike my poor Baptisia which has fallen victim to some kind of varmint, I'm afraid.
Love these pale blue blooms!
Most of the garden is still in that lull between spring and summer blooms, so 'Purple Sensation' Allium really stands out among all the green foliage.
Not much blooming in the Butterfly Garden either, except for Phlox pilosa, which has made itself quite at home here. This was a gift some years back from Gail at Clay and Limestone, who has gifted many with this practically perfect native.
It's also iris season. All of my irises are passalongs, so I don't know their names,
but I enjoy them nonetheless.
I have several of these lavender lovelies.
My favorite--this is the first time it's bloomed.
I'm pretty sure this is one that Beth of Plant Postings gave me; I love it!
Finally, one of my favorite blooms this time of year--'Nelly Moser.' I'm so happy to see her full of blooms this year after a disappointing show last year. She's the only plant I took time to cover up last night just to make sure she wasn't nipped by the cold; I can't wait to take off her covers tomorrow to enjoy her blooms again.
There are more blooms, as well--Nepeta, 'May Night' Salvia, and Bleeding Heart, to name a few. But soon there will be many more, and as you can see, I'm anxiously waiting for the peony show to begin!
Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day is celebrated monthly on the 15th and is hosted by the ever-optimistic Carol at May Dreams Gardens.