Thursday, May 28, 2015

Michigan in May

So far this year, shades of green definitely predominate throughout the Michigan garden. Perhaps the unusually wet and fairly cool spring has led to the growth of particularly lush foliage while stifling the flowering of some of the plants that usually take center stage around this time. Or maybe last year's cool, wet summer caused them to set fewer buds. Nonetheless, loads of things are in fact blooming in between all that greenery. Here are just a few, beginning with the irises:

White crested iris (Iris cristata 'Alba')

Iris 'Champagne Elegance'

One unidentified tall bearded iris...

 ... and another ...

... and another ...

... and an unidentified miniature bearded iris.

A cultivar of Iris sibirica

A yellow sun rose (Helianthemum 'Wisley Primrose')

A pink tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa cv.)

Cheddar pink (Dianthus 'Feuerhexe')

Ivy-leaved toadflax (Cymbalaria muralis)

Blue bugle (Ajuga reptans)

Eastern red columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

An azalea (Rhododendron cv.) of an unknown variety ...

 ... and another, very different one

Lots of foliage to follow!


  1. Great to see those cheerful blooms!

  2. One of your tall bearded iris looks like "Frank Adams" which I have and tracked down.


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