Friday, May 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - May 2015

What a difference one month makes! Last Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day almost everything I posted was still indoors, but after a few weeks of warm - sometimes even hot - weather everything has just exploded into growth, seemingly almost skipping spring. Many flowers faded almost as soon as they opened, particularly flowering trees like ornamental cherries and crab apples and some spring-blooming bulbs. Many tulips were gone especially quickly, though interestingly enough species and lily-flowered tulips have proven much more heat resistant, lasting over a week when other types folded within little more than a day.

A tulip of unknown identity that popped up in the frontyard

Another frontyard mystery tulip

A small very double tulip that appears to be multiplying among the irises and mint

One of the lily-flowered tulips I forced in the sun room the winter before last, returning beautifully

Tulipa acuminata, almost more beautiful a week in

Tulips, of course, are not the only spring bloomers that have been putting on a show in the yard.

One of the three types of lilac (Syringa vulgaris) in our hedge...

...and the second one...

... and the third

Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis)

Creeping phlox (Phlox subulata)

On the balcony quite a few things are blooming as well, not all of them just spring blooms.

Rosa 'Old Blush'

The original Parma violet (Viola odorata "Duchesse de Parme')

'Marie Louise', a slightly darker variety of Parma violet

A pale orange double nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus 'Hermine Grashoff')...

... and a yellow one (Tropaeolum majus 'Darjeeling Gold')

Flowers aside, almost all the transplants I have been raising over the course of the spring have found their places in the garden, and there are seedling sprouting everywhere in the raised beds. The rows of rice shoots already shimmer in the sun in the brightest shade of green - to my mind, no other plant really compares to rice on that count. Now if only we got a little more rain...

To see what is blooming right now for others all over the country and around the world, head to Carol's blog at May Dreams Gardens, where she hosts this tradition on the 15th of every month. 


  1. Happy GBBD! Thanks for sharing your flowers. I remember New England spring well, how it goes pretty much straight from mud season into summer. I really enjoy our PNW spring, which lasts a looooong time.

    1. This year was particularly extreme, because the snow and frost did not let up until so late. Your Pacific Northwest springs must be so lovely!

  2. Tulips are fast fading here so nice to see you feature a few!

    1. Here they are almost all gone, too - these were the last I caught.

  3. Violets, lily of the valley, lilacs - An olfactory delight! Tulipa acuminata is a beauty and you tulip mystery is quite interesting! Happy GBBD!

    1. Thanks! I have also been trying to specifically add more fragrant plants to the garden. The Tulipa acuminata gets divided responses - for some people I think they are just too different from what they think a tulip is.

  4. You have extraordinary collection of tulip, especially Tulipa acuminata, I have never seen before. And the lilacs are so fascinating too.

    1. Thanks... The lilacs are very common here, they are often used for big hedges and are very fragrant. You would love it!

  5. I have grown a lily flowered late tulip called 'West Point.' It was one of the few that were fragrant. The pink nasturtium is really unique.

    1. Oh, I have seen 'West Point' in catalogs; I did not know it was fragrant as well. Maybe I will add it this fall.


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