May GBBD: An Embarrassment of Riches
Spring is with us in all its glory, and we have reached the middle of the month when I encourage each of you to walk around your garden and assess what you need to add to make mid-spring an exciting time in your landscape. Do you need more flowering trees, shrubs, and vines to give you a reason to stroll in your garden? Could your garden benefit from more flowers that bloom in May?
Make a list and take photographs so that when you are shopping for plants you know what you need and where it should go. It’s beautiful outside, and you never know what you might find hiding in your garden like the cheerful English primrose (photo at top), which I discovered during my own inventory. Come visit Carolyn’s Shade Gardens to find even more inspiring ideas!
Today is Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day for May when gardeners around the world show photos of what’s blooming in their gardens (follow the link to see photographs from other garden bloggers assembled by Carol at May Dreams Gardens). Here are some more highlights from my mid-May stroll through Carolyn’s Shade Gardens, but to see it all you will have to visit.
Readers really enjoyed my photos of trees and shrubs on April’s GBBD so I have been photographing every woody plant that has come into bloom since then. Some have finished blooming now, but most are in bloom. Let’s start with the trees:
Native pagoda dogwood, Cornus alternifolia ‘Golden Shadows’, with native vine Carolina jessamine, Gelsemium sempervirens ‘Margarita’, and native (to the U.S.) camassia, Camassia leichtlinii ‘Caerulea’.
Are you ready for a few shrubs?
How about some vines?
We grow the Chinese wisteria entwined with native honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirens ‘Blanch Sandman’, and they both reach the second story. This photo is for Tina at In the Garden who also has this combination.
The view out our dining room window of the pink anemone clematis, Clematis montana var. rubens, growing on the deck railing. This is a very vigorous and long-blooming clematis that does well in part shade.
A few scenes of the flower beds in mid-May:
The garden surrounding our deck with Spanish bluebells, Scilla campanulata ‘Excelsior’, variegated Solomon’s seal, Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’, and white old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’, in bloom.
Please let me know in a comment/reply what flowers are blooming in your spring garden. If you participated in GBBD, please provide a link so my nursery customers can read your post.
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Nursery Happenings: We expect to have our traditional open hours over Memorial Day Weekend, but remember you can make an appointment to shop 24/7 by sending me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Saturday was one of my best open houses ever (thanks to everyone who came), but there is still a great selection of hostas, ferns, and hardy geraniums.