I love this idea of seeing what is blooming in people’s gardens all around the country on a single given day. Within my own town I know there is quite a bit of variety (we joke that we live in a micro-climate), so I’m curious to see what everyone else posts today. I found out about Garden Bloggers Bloom Day last month a few days too late to participate in April’s day and I’ve been looking forward to May’s day ever since. So, here’s what blooming at our house today, May 15, 2008, an overcast day with a predicted high of 72.
Our rhododendron is coming into bloom, with about 1/3 of the buds opened. Last year it was stricken with something that made quite a bit of it die, so we had to do some pruning and its shape is not as full as one might like, but it is still quite large.
This is the iris which is in the pond. There are just a few buds this far along and I can’t wait to see them blue. There is also a large clump of iris (I think “water iris”) next to the pond, but planted in the soil. It has many buds but is probably still several days away from blooming. The Siberian iris has several buds (which I think look like fish) but definitely not every plant is going to flower. That’s ok–I like the foliage and the bulbs (bulbs?) were gotten from free from a wheelbarrow at our down the road farm and garden center.
This is a big beautiful white azalea. We have some smaller spindly azaleas in pink and red that I suppose the previous owner thought were good foundation plantings, but they really didn’t do well. I can’t bring myself to remove them though because no matter how spindly it’s still nice to see the color.
This is the columbine I planted last year. I’m not sure, but it may have spread because there is a smaller non-blooming plant with the same leaves next to it. I hope it spreads because that would be a very nice thing to see under my birch tree.
Here is a close-up of a bright pink dianthus. I believe I originally planted quite a bit of this our first or second year here, but now there is this one lone plant. Again, I won’t pull it up because I like the color. Instead I am going to work on adding more perennials to this front bed.
One of our pine trees has these beautiful baby pine cones “blooming” on the ends of its branches.
And here is the allium finally in full bloom.